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Silo Drive & North Sycamore: A Dangerous Intersection in Newtown Township!

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 Discussion on Nextdoor posted on November 9, 2021:

 

Susan Schechter, Newtown Grant

Hit and Run Car Accident on Sycamore. At approximately 6:00pm, a blue/green SUV vehicle turned out of Silo Drive, onto Sycamore Street, heading in the direction to go North on 532. Unfortunately, this occurred in the same exact area of the latest tragedies. The SUV accelerated very quickly to pull out, and slammed into my Drivers side door, majorly side swiping my car. Then, I had to watch the vehicle just speed away going North on 532. This vehicle will have front right fender damage. Please, if anyone knows anything or possibly saw this this accident or vehicle, please let me know. I would be so helpful. Thank you all.

 

Rolanda Polans, Roberts Ridge Park

Susan, I passed right by that area tonight about 8:00 with my husband. We were talking about the recent tragic event because we know the man who was hit there. I am wondering if there is a video camera by the light nearby. I am sure you contacted the police. I am really sorry to hear that another incompetent,crazy, wild driver is on the road. I hope you are ok physically! Something needs to be done with the lighting in that area as well as more police monitoring.

 

Susan Schechter, Newtown Grant

Thank you so very much for reaching out and sincere concern. The Newtown Township Police responded, said that Green Parrot has good cameras, and there is another camera situated near the traffic light. That should have been able to get the vehicle and plate number. It was a nightmare of an experience. Something must be done to help with the immense number of cars, coming and going from that entire area.

 

Chris Hastings, Upper Makefield PA

What am I missing here? You have a sub “Main St” with retail businesses, parallel parking, and pedestrians crossing the street. Yet, the speed limit is 35 mph?

 

Can you imagine if Witherspoon St. in Princeton or Delaware Ave in Pennington were 35 mph? In town?

 

People are nuts pulling out of Silo in Newtown. Most don’t even stop before taking a right or they get so tired of waiting to take a left, they just pull out and hope for the best.

 

25 mph on Sycamore! If you can’t lose another 30 seconds in life-take the bypass.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

Meanwhile, at the July 14, 2021, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting [LINK; https://sco.lt/7YVnFY], supervisors failed to pass a resolution to create a Newtown Joint Traffic Committee the mission of which would be to “[ensure] the ability to safely walk, drive, bike, and use public transportation throughout the Township and Borough in accordance with a consistent and comprehensive approach to pedestrian and vehicular circulation and safety.”

 

An Oct 23, 2021, post to Nextdoor: "Is anyone aware of another pedestrian being struck on Sycamore last night?" Ans: Unfortunately this is true. A dear friend of mine was the individual that was struck. He’s currently in the hospital in ICU.

 

At the July 14, 2021, BOS Meeting, Supervisor Oxley asked Police Chief Hearn about speeding traffic on Sycamore Street. Chief Hearn said that the speed limit on 532 is 45 MPH and as cars proceed onto Sycamore Street, where the limit is reduced to 35 MPH. It seems like the cars are speeding but it is difficult to monitor without speed gun checks.

 

The Chief said he will move the electronic speed sign to that corner. However, this is not a permanent solution.

 

At the June 12, 2019, BOS meeting [LINK: https://www.johnmacknewtown.info/blog/?viewDetailed=201907130112], Supervisor Mack expressed concern on behalf of residents who are concerned about speeding on Sycamore and mentioned there was recently a pedestrian accident* there. Mr. Mack also inquired about utilizing LED speed indicators and blinking lights at pedestrian walkways.

 

Before that meeting, I spoke to several residents and business owners in the area who are concerned about speeding and pedestrian safety at that corner and I wondered if there is anything the Police or the Township could do to ease traffic there, such as installing a permanent solar-powered LED speed indicator or flashing pedestrian crossing lights like the ones near Chandler Hall. With the anticipated increase in “walkability” and further traffic issues in that area, I’m worried that these incidents will increase in the future and it may be time to discuss possible remedies.

 

The Chief, however, said the “LED signs are owned by the police department” and are moved to where needed. He also reviewed additional initiatives the department uses to enforce speed limits.

 

Again, no permanent solution was offered.

 

*From my notes for this meeting: I see 1 “Struck Pedestrian” [on the May 2019 Police Report]. I assume this was the young man severely injured by a car at around 1:30 AM on the morning of May 4, 2019 on North Sycamore Street near the Green Parrot. He subsequently died of his injuries. There was also a more recent 2-car accident at the intersection of Silo Drive and North Sycamore.

 

From the Public Works Report for the week ending 11/05/21 [LINK: https://bit.ly/PW_05Nov2021] : “Sycamore St 1 Silo Dr. at the request of the Police Dept various crosswalk and pavement markings were repainted.”

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