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WORKING IN BLUSTERY CONDITIONS  – Wind gusts of up to 50 mph Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011) blew down power wires and knocked out electricity in parts of Limerick PA Township and elsewhere. Utility company crews were busy (above) restoring power and reconnecting cables at the intersection of Ridge Pike and Airport Road (below).

A portion of the roadway was blocked for a time, and limited to one lane (above), as repairs continued. Limerick Fire Company responded to the scene and helped to direct traffic. Nearby, and across the area, the strong winds toppled trees and brush (below), and in some cases required professional clean-up.

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The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422.

LIMERICK PA – Adoption of an official road map for neighboring Limerick (PA) Township, being considered next week by the Limerick Board of Supervisors, may have an impact on future real estate development in Lower Pottsgrove.

The Limerick board, in an advertisement published Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2011) in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, said it would conduct a public hearing and then consider a resolution to accept an official township road map during its Jan. 18 meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA. The meeting is open to the public.

The map, created by Limerick’s engineering firm, Pennoni Associates Inc., designates and reserves “areas for future streets, and other municipal facilities,” according to the published legal notice, and indicates “future street locations (and) intersection improvements within the Township.” It’s intended to give developers and land owners guidance by showing where and how Limerick looks to place roads and public utilities in coming years.

Likely to be included in the map are features affecting the development of properties on the Limerick side of the Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422. Parts of the interchange are divided by the border line that separates Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove.

The two townships have collaborated since last year on creating a mutually acceptable, coordinated plan for real estate development at and around the interchange. Back in June (2010), both hired Norristown PA-based landscape architects Simone Collins to create detailed maps that show how road and other improvements on each side of the townships’ line would match up to enhance traffic flow and land use.

Consequently, the guidance offered by Limerick’s official map – if adopted as expected – for its western edge are known to and probably will be embraced by Lower Pottsgrove leaders. For future developers in Limerick, it locks much of that guidance into local law, as allowed under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. Even so, the proposed road map ordinance gives supervisors the flexibility to change the design when a need arises.

Copies of the map and accompanying ordinance are available for public review, according to the legal notice, at Limerick’s municipal building, as well as at the offices of The Mercury, Hanover and King Streets, Pottstown PA; and at the Montgomery County Law Library, located in the lower level of the county courthouse in Norristown.

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POTTSTOWN PA – Although forecasters at AccuWeather helpfully announced this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011) that “the risk of weather-related migraines is low” across Limerick  and Lower Pottsgrove (PA) townships and the borough of Pottstown, what they didn’t address were other pounding headaches endured by motorists Tuesday night (Jan. 11) as up to 8 inches of snow fell on parts of the area.

This was “a nice, moderate, middle-of-the road storm,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick O’Hara told the Associated Press. Although two storms — one from the south and one from the east – converged to create the latest weather nuisance, “nobody is going to be stuck in their homes for days and days,” O’Hara said.

Maybe so, but some of those caught outside seemed to be having a less-than-pleasant time of it.

Montgomery County emergency services dispatchers between 5:41 p.m. Tuesday and 2:03 a.m Wednesday sent police and first responder teams on 24 separate calls to deal with hazardous road conditions and many accidents at intersections in Lower and Upper Pottsgrove, Limerick and Royersford, Pottstown, Gilbertsville, Collegeville and Lower Providence, Douglassville, North Coventry, New Hanover and Green Lane. A list of their dispatches appears below.

As of 4:30 a.m. today, there was no snow in sight locally.

By 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the snow has already cleared out of southeastern Pennsylvania, as shown by an AccuWeather map (above.) Along U.S. Route 422 from Pottstown to King of Prussia, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, salt trucks and plows had done their jobs; the road was deemed by its 511pa.com traffic advisory website as merely “clear and wet,” allowing traffic to move at speeds of up to 50 mph.

The snow may be gone, but nightly cold temperatures due to icy winds are expected to continue through Friday. Until then, the county has extended its Code Blue declaration, made when temperatures drop to below 20 degrees and pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.

County dispatchers surely hope the remainder of the week will be less frenetic than Tuesday. Here’s their list of local calls issued during the storm, displayed in descending order with the most recent first:

  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    New Hanover Square Rd & Swamp Pike; New Hanover; 2011-01-12 @ 02:03:23;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 Byp Wb & Ramp Evergreen Rd To Rt422 Wb; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:40:35;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    W High St & Berks St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:52;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    W High St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:43;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Sb & W Moyer Rd; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:13:52;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    W Schuylkill Rd & River Bridge Rd; Berks County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:50:48;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    S Township Line Rd & Linfield Trappe Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 22:47:32;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident’
    W Schuylkill Rd & Catfish Ln; Chester County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:44:28;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Gravel Pike & Meadow Aly; Green Lane; 2011-01-11 @ 22:35:38;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Jackson Rd; Douglass; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:59;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:45;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:51;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:54:24;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Kepler Rd & Potter Dr; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:10;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Airport Rd Overpass; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 21:41:31;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & Evergreen Rd Overpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:05:28;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & S Sanatoga Rd Underpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 20:49:37;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:40:18;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & S 3rd Ave; Royersford; 2011-01-11 @ 19:30:19;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Rescue
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:33;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Ridge Pike & Lakeside Dr; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:06;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & Clamer Ave; Collegeville; 2011-01-11 @ 19:12:08;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Heather Pl & N State St; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 18:57:29;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Shoemaker Rd; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 17:41:15

Ashley Pompei, assistant marketing manager for the malls.

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Separate shuttle buses for employees and customers at the King of Prussia PA Mall will make their final runs around the vast shopping complex this Sunday (Dec. 26, 2010), the day after Christmas. Until then, though, the shuttles are reducing aggravation endured by package-burdened buyers, and saving a little of the planet, too.

The Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA), which operates offices in Pottstown, partnered with mall management to operate the complimentary shuttles. Now running in their third consecutive year, they circulate the connected centers on a regular schedule to continuously help shoppers get from store to store without returning to their cars. They also move workers from employee parking lots to their destinations.

It’s convenient for all, and helps to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, according to GVFTMA.

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Stump Hall Road in Skippack (PA) Township was scheduled to be closed Monday (Nov. 15, 2010) so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can rehabilitate and repair its bridge over Zacharias Creek, PennDOT’s District 6-0 office in King of Prussia announced last week. The closure will continue through March 15, 2011, and during the period traffic will be detoured between Anders Road and Route 73, it said.

The progress of the work will depend on the weather, PennDot noted.

During re-construction of the structurally deficient bridge, Stump Hall Road’s through-traffic will be detoured over Route 73 and Route 363. Local access will be maintained on Stump Hall Road up to the construction area. The existing box beam bridge built, in 1958, will be improved with structural repairs, new guide rail, pavement markings and signs. It carries about 3,100 vehicles per day.

General contractor on the $965,000 project is Loftus Construction of Cinnaminson NJ. The bridge improvement project is financed completely by state funding.

The Loftus contract also includes rehabilitation of two other structurally deficient box beam bridges during 2011: Brinton Lake Road over Chester Creek in Delaware County; and New Hanover Square Road over Minister Creek in New Hanover (PA) Township.

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ROYERSFORD PA – Four–hour refresher educational programs approved by the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to help lower automobile insurance costs for senior citizens will be conducted by the East Penn AAA during January and February (2011) at a new location, 70 Buckwalter Rd., Royersford PA. The classes previously were held in Pottstown.

The 4-hour driver improvement refresher course will be held Jan. 19 (2011; Wednesday), and Feb. 16 (Wednesday), both from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Its cost is $10 per AAA member, $15 per AAA member couple, and $20 for non-members.

A companion 8-hour driver improvement core course, titled “Safe Driving for Mature Operators,” is already under way this month (November 2010) at East Penn’s Pottstown office. Its first schedule for 2011 has not yet been announced.

Successful completion of the courses allows insureds age 55 and older to qualify for a state-mandated reduction in the cost of their premiums. For more information, call toll-free 800-564-0300.

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Sign of the highway.


KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Eastbound drivers on U.S. Route 422 will be limited to only one lane of traffic near the First Avenue, Upper Merion (PA) Township, interchange tonight (Friday, Oct. 15, 2010) and Saturday night (Oct. 16), beginning at 9 and continuing through the next morning until 7 on both days, as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation makes pavement repairs to the highway there.

Crews will work both nights to inject pressurized grout beneath the roadway, in hopes of addressing three areas where pavement depressions have developed.

PennDOT, in a press release distributed by the 422 Improvements.com website, advised 422’s eastbound travelers “to allow additional time for travel in this area and to use extra care when driving through the construction zone.”

Motorists can log on to 511pa.com, or call 511 from any phone, to check traffic conditions on major highways.

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