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NO TURN ON RED: Durham Rd/Sycamore St & Washington Xcrossing Rd/Durham Rd

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Newtown Township, with the approval of PennDOT, has placed "NO TURN ON RED" signage at the intersection of Durham Road / Sycamore Street and Washington Crossing Road / Durham Road. 

 

According to the September 9, 2022, Engineer’s Report, RVE (township engineers) reviewed a request for additional signage at the above-mentioned intersection. Proposed improvements: Addition of two signs including: R1-5L/R 'Yield Here to Pedestrian with Left or Right Arrow' sign, 36" x 36" and R10-6AL/R 'Stop Here on Red with Left or Right Arrow' sign, 24" x 30".

  

The “No Turn on Red” sign – although prominent – is not stopping vehicles from making right turns on red. Perhaps a “No Right Turn on Red” sign would be better. Or perhaps it will just be a matter of issuing a few tickets and allowing more time to pass for drivers to pay attention.

 

Personally, I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not. The Board of Supervisors (BOS) did not have an opportunity to approve this. In the past, we've approved other pedestrian safety measures for N Sycamore St (see "Insights"). I’m sure we will be hearing from residents/drivers who regularly make this turn on red.

 

johnmacknewtown's insight:

 

In any case, I am sure that this is being done to improve pedestrian safety, which has been an issue on North Sycamore Street (read for example, "Supervisors Act To Improve Pedestrian Safety!"). Regardless, drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, even when making a legal right-hand turn onto N Sycamore.

 

Also See:

 

  • T-160 Application: SR 532 (Washington Crossing Rd)/Sycamore St @ Durham Rd/Bank Access
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