February 5, 2007
Better traffic flow could help conserve energy I was very encouraged to read that Montgomery County is planning to do something about global warming ("Montco joins an end run to Kyoto," Jan. 22). One of the steps that could be taken to assist with this problem is to expedite traffic flow in the county. Perhaps the most egregious problem is the newly installed traffic light at Route 309 and Paper Mill Road, which backs up traffic for blocks and blocks, not just during the rush hour.
March 22, 1996 |
Suppose they gave a highway opening and nobody came? A funny thing happened on the way to yesterday morning's rush hour commute through the newly reopened - but crippled - section of fire-damaged Interstate 95: Most commuters found another way. "I would give people a grade of A-minus today," said Metro Traffic anchor Max Vierra. "It seems that everyone stuck to their alternate routes that they'd already chosen, and we thought that was pretty darn good. " At 7:30 a.m., the time a weekday rush hour normally begins to crest, it was an easy, 15-minute cruise from the Princeton Avenue on-ramp near Cottman to the Center City exit.
October 25, 1987 |
During an emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting, more than 40 area residents objected to plans for an office development on Valley Green Road near Route 309 in Whitemarsh Township, citing possible increases in traffic. Hansen Properties of Horsham is seeking preliminary approval of a subdivision which would contain a three-story office building with 83,000 square feet of space on 16.8 acres. The supervisors continued the matter until their Nov. 12 meeting so that they could discuss possible fees to be charged for any improvements made to roads.
December 10, 1991 |
A spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority has confirmed what thousands of motorists - strapped into their cars and trucks and snaking toward the Benjamin Franklin Bridge during rush hour - have come to know through experience. There are more of them out there, angling their way toward tollbooths. Traffic on the Ben Franklin last month was up almost a quarter-million vehicles over the previous November, according to Carlton Read, authority spokesman. Where were all those motorists coming from?
November 14, 2011 |
A crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying cocoa butter and a minivan snarling westbound traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway throughout this morning's rush hour. At least two people were taken to hospital following the 4 a.m. crash near Girard Avenue. Their conditions are not known. The westbound lanes were closed between Girard and Montgomery Avenue until nearly 6 a.m. before officials reopened the roadway one lane at a time to allow traffic to get by. Even as the cleanup of that crash was under way, a second accident involving a bus briefly closed the exit ramp at Girard Avenue around 8:30 a.m., further complicating matters.
June 5, 1998 |
Some medicine men have predicted that clogged arteries would be caused by a SEPTA strike. But if you're a daily driver, you've probably figured out you don't need major bypass surgery - maybe just a little rerouting. The major arteries have been open and flowing, heavier than usual, but not unmanageable. "All things considered, it really hasn't been that bad," says Metro Traffic anchor Mark Davies. "There's definitely more volume, but not insurmountable volume . . . We've seen much worse.
March 2, 1989 |
Despite predictions of possible massive tieups, there were "no problems" today during morning crunch time of Day Two of the final phase of the Schuylkill Expressway reconstruction project, a PennDOT spokeswoman said. PennDOT observers monitoring the traffic flow from cars in the middle of potential trouble spots said, "It really ran quite well. " Yesterday, about half the normal number of drivers took the expressway during the rush hours, and delays through the construction zone ranged from 10 to 30 minutes during the morning and 10 to 15 minutes at the evening peak, said PennDOT spokesperson Lois Morasco.
November 13, 1989 |
A SEPTA passenger train with nearly 30 people aboard derailed just west of Suburban Station yesterday, injuring six people, most of them only slightly. The R1 Airport Line train, which SEPTA officials said travels between the Philadelphia International Airport and Norristown on Sundays, derailed as it approached Suburban Station just after 3 p.m. at a rail position known as Broad Interlocking. SEPTA spokesman Rich DiLullo said 27 people were aboard the train. Six were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where they were treated for head, neck and back injuries and released, hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Fisher said.
August 17, 1988 |
As officials in Moorestown and Mount Laurel hammer out the final details for a proposed 563-acre luxury development to be built on the border between the two towns, the developers are being asked to provide financing for traffic, water and sewer improvements. According to Harry McVey, Moorestown's community-development director, the Planning Boards in the two townships appear headed toward approving the project proposed by Moorestown Foursome Ltd., which includes 470 homes, more than a million square feet of office space and an 18-hole professional golf course.
April 2, 1991 |
State Police Cpl. Edward Kroll arrived in Montgomery County in the late 1960s as a 25-year-old rookie, sent to patrol a peaceful, quiet stretch of country highway - Route 73 between Worcester and Skippack Townships. Today, Kroll, 48, still patrols the same stretch of asphalt. And he still considers his section of Route 73 to be a country highway. But forget about that peaceful, quiet stuff. "The volume is so heavy at rush hour, you can't speed," Kroll said. "You can tailgate, but it is almost impossible to speed when you are going to work.