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PennDOT Official: Sign Not in Line of Sight

East Greenville Officials Working with Chamber to Solve Remaining Issues


            A review of the directional Wayfinding Sign near East Greenville Borough Hall by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official found that it is not a sight line obstruction. However, borough officials and Luanne B. Stauffer, president of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and the PerkUp Corporation, are working together to settle any remaining issues related to the newly-placed sign.

            On Monday night, Stauffer met with Mayor Keith Gerhart, council President Angie Fegely and Manager Jim Fry, following the Inter-municipal Council meeting, to discuss concerns over the identification sign at the intersection of Main and Second Streets. Stauffer said they have exchanged several recent communications in person, via the internet and on the telephone, and that the same borough officials have been conversing with her on the project for several weeks.

            Stauffer and Gerhart spoke about the issue in-person at last week's Business Expo at the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA. "We both realize it is an issue that needs to be addressed," Gerhart wrote in an April 26 email message. "We are both working on doing that at our next borough meeting."

            Fran Hanney, a traffic services manager for PennDOT, recently reviewed the intersection, with parked cars along the west curb north of 2nd Street, and found that the sign is not an obstruction. According to Hanney, the sign is not within the line of sight as measured from a point ten feet behind the face of the curb at a height of three-and-a-half feet and exceeds the minimum sight distance of 196 feet for 30 mph at a level grade.

            An examination of the intersection Monday, which included Hanney, Fry and police Chief Andrew Skelton, found that a bush in front of the Gemini Hair Salon, at 200 Main Street, is located within the sight distance, according to a Tuesday email from the PennDOT official. He states that the shrubbery in front of the salon "does limit the (sight) distance based upon this method and, if removed or relocated, would improve sight distance."

            According to Hanney, the sign becomes more of an obstruction to vision to the north for a driver who pulls up closer to the intersection, into the cross walk. He writes that if a larger vehicle or truck "were to be parked in the legal parking area, vision would be obstructed regardless of signs, shrubbery or other street furniture."

            Gerhart, based on a conversation with Fry, wrote in a Tuesday message that he accepts Hanney's findings. "That being said, it does not mean the borough will not be looking into other options regarding the sign situation," Gerhart wrote.

            Fry offered multiple ideas to improve vision at the intersection. An email from the borough manager to Gerhart and Stauffer, and copied to Hanney, Fegely, police Chief Andrew Skelton and Borough Secretary Sharon Kachmar, included removing the bottom three-and-a-half to four feet of the sign panels, shifting the sign to the front yard of Borough Hall, and moving the sign up the street.

            The manager came up the ideas to begin looking at possible changes to the sign. "I intended for those ideas to be used to further the discussion on the sign," Fry wrote in a May 1 email.

            The sign issue will be discussed at East Greenville's May 7 council meeting, according to Gerhart.





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