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Route 663 and Geryville Pike Intersection to be Improved
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            A dangerous intersection in Upper Hanover Township will be getting improvements to help make it safer.

            The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute approximately $12.9 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 22 municipalities statewide to fund 28 safety projects.

            Among the 28 projects approved is the effort to improve the intersection of John Fries Highway (Route 663) and Geryville Pike in Upper Hanover Township.  The location has been the scene of scores of accidents over the years.

            The $494,600 awarded for the project will be used to modernize the intersection, including new traffic signal supports and equipment. Also, advance warning "Signal Ahead" devices will be provided for the John Fries Highway (Route 663) approaches.

            Upper Hanover officials submitted their request in June of this year.  The request was accompanied by a letter of support by Sen. Bob Mensch (24 District).

            The intersection was created in 1973 as part of the relocation of Route 663 from the Pennsburg borough line to Spinnerstown, replacing the winding route that followed Quakertown Road from Pennsburg to Geryville, then Sleepy Hollow Road in Spinnerstown.  There was no traffic light at the intersection when it was originally constructed.

            Route 663 is a state-maintained road and Geryville Pike is a Montgomery County-maintained road.

            According to Upper Hanover Township Manager Stan Seitzinger, records indicate that a traffic light was installed at the intersection in 1988.  In 2005 the signal was updated with the addition of pre-emption which allows vehicles with an emitter, such as ambulances, to gain right-of-way from a traffic light.

            Related to the construction of St. Luke's Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center, left turn lanes were added on Route 663 in 2008. 

            With the construction of the THP Northgate development came additional improvements in 2011 and 2012.  That work included widening the intersection and adding left turn lanes and striping on Geryville Pike. 

            Pennsylvania's ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

            "This program helps communities across the state make investments in safety and efficient traffic flow," Governor Wolf said. "These improvements complement the many road, bridge, and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania."

            Grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 32 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility, and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 132 applications, totaling $48.3 million in requests. 

            Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as safety benefits and effectiveness, cost, and local and regional impact. 

            This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $112.7 million, funding 501 transportation enhancement projects since 2010. 






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