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Back To School Safety Tips From Whitpain Police

Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

The new school year is almost upon us. The Police Department reminds everyone to be extra careful as students return to sidewalks and buses return to streets.

Here are some "Back To School" safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

School Bus Safety
- The greatest danger involving school buses isn't riding a bus: it's the school bus stop. Make certain there's six feet (three big steps) between a child and the curb. Teach children about the "danger zone" of a bus - 10 feet in front, behind and on each side of the bus.

Pedestrian Safety
- Teach children to look left, right and then left again before crossing a street. Use sidewalks and crosswalks to be visible to drivers. Have your child walk with an adult or with a group of children whenever possible.

Motorist Safety
- Please watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Also watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Please be extra cautious near bus stops. Children late for a bus may run into the street.

Bicycle Safety
- Be certain the helmet and bike are the right fit. Before every ride, check the ABCs of bike safety: air, brakes and chain. When crossing the street with a bike, have your child walk the bike across when it is safe to do so.

The start of school is a great time to talk to children about safety. Take a few minutes and stress the importance of being safe.

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Proposed Airport Overlay District Not On September Planning Commission Agenda

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015

The proposed Airport Overlay District will not appear before the Planning Commission in September. When a date is established to review the proposal, the news will appear in the Wire and on the Township's website.

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Closures Over But Work Continues At North Wales Road Intersection

Thu, Aug 6th, 2015

Work continues on the improvements at the intersection of North Wales Road and Skippack Pike but the weekday closures along North Wales Road ended August 28

The work includes the installation of left turn lanes to each approach of the intersection. There will be intermittent lane closures during the work, which will continue into the fall.

Crews are working to install left turn lanes to each approach of the intersection at Skippack Pike and North Wales Road.

This project will require closures of North Wales Road between Yost Road and Skippack Pike on weekdays beginning August 17. The section will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until August 28.

The project should take no more than 4 months to complete. It will result in dedicated left turn lanes on all approaches to the intersection. The project also includes installation of new pedestrian crosswalks, curb ramps, and drainage improvements.

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Crews Removing Hazardous Trees

Tue, Aug 4th, 2015

Earlier this week, Asplundh started working to remove dead trees along several roadways in the Township that were identified during a tree assessment sponsored by the Shade Tree Commission. Given the condition of these trees, they were at increased risk of falling during inclement weather, which can result in downed wires and closed roadways.

"Earlier this year, the Township contracted with a certified arborist to identify dead trees that needed to be removed along a variety of roads," said Edgar David, Chairman of the Shade Tree Commission. "Unfortunately, the trees we identified could not be saved and the Township is removing them for safety reasons."

In total, over 40 dead trees will be removed by the end of August. Work will be completed between 7 am and 3:30 pm. The project requires lane restrictions, but no road closures.

The trees being removed are located in the rights-of-way of the following roadways:

- Narcissa Road
- Lewis Lane
- Plymouth Road
- Township Line Road
- Yost Road
- Mount Pleasant Avenue

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