• Petitioning PennDOT, Lower Merion Twp. and Narberth Borough

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PennDOT, Lower Merion Twp. and Narberth Borough

Install a traffic light and crosswalk at the intersection of N. Wynnewood Avenue and E. Wynnewood Road

    1. Pam Loughman
    2. Petition by

      Pam Loughman

      Merion, PA

Installing a traffic light and pedestrian crossing at this intersection is a matter of public safety. We've seen accidents and near-misses at this location for years. Some of us have been involved in them. Now that the Narberth Avenue Bridge is closed there is increased traffic volume choking the intersection at rush hours. The site of this three-way intersection alone is dangerous.There is a blind curve on East Wynnewood Road and limited visibility in the tunnel on North Wynnewood Avenue. A narrow sidewalk on one side of the tunnel does not connect to a pedestrian crosswalk.

On December 13, 2012 a teenage jogger was struck by a car and severely injured while trying to cross on foot. She could have been anyone's child, friend or neighbor. Young people are drawn to this intersection which lies along a popular jogging route and between two local attractions: the Narberth playground and ballfields and the Wynnewood Shopping Center. My own 14 year old son regularly crosses on foot with friends during snack runs to Poppi's, Elevation Burger and Yapple, just like lots of other teens in our area who don't drive yet. As much as I want to encourage his emerging independence and see him support local businesses, I dread hearing that he's walking to Wynnewood knowing that he will cross this intersection.

Some say a light has never been installed because of conflicting jurisdictions, i.e. PennDOT, Narberth and Lower Merion.That's not an adequate reason. East Wynnewood Road is a state route under the jurisdiction of PennDot, situated on the southern border of Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township. Nearby Montgomery Avenue, another state route bordering Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township, has multiple traffic lights. If traffic lights can be installed on Montgomery Avenue then one can be installed on E. Wynnewood Road too. There's simply got to be a way.

All three entities, PennDOT, Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township, need to come together and improve safety at this intersection ASAP. Our job is to let them know we expect them to do it. Please add comments about accidents and near misses you have seen or been involved in. We need a written record of just how truly dangerous this intersection is. Thank you.

To:
PennDOT, Lower Merion Twp. and Narberth Borough
Install traffic light at intersection of N. Wynnewood and E. Wynnewood Rds

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Is the New Turning Prohibition Enforceable?

      Pam Loughman
      Petition Organizer
      UPDATE: Narberth left-turn ban 'shocks' Lower Merion officials - but is it valid?

      There are mixed signals about a new traffic restriction for motorists leaving Narberth Borough. The borough, in a two-sentence letter from manager Bill Martin, notified Lower Merion Township last week that it was, by order of Mayor Tom Grady, imposing a prohibition on left turns from North Wynnewood Avenue onto East Wynnewood Road.

    2. Narberth Prohibits Left Hand Turns onto East Wynnwood Road

      Pam Loughman
      Petition Organizer
      Narberth Borough's ban on left-turns at tunnel 'a shock' to Lower Merion Township officials

      Narberth Borough's ban on left-turns at tunnel 'a shock' to Lower Merion Township officials - There is a new turn - or to be more precise a no-turn - in the thorny issue of safety at the intersection in Wynnewood where Narberth Borough meets Lower Merion Township.

    3. Narberth Sends Request for Roundabout to PennDOT

      Pam Loughman
      Petition Organizer
      Narberth roundabout bound for another round of debate

      Area residents may not have heard the last of a modern roundabout as a potential solution to traffic and safety concerns surrounding the East Wynnewood Road intersection near the Narberth tunnel. Although its larger neighbor, Lower Merion Township -- presumably an eventual funding partner -- was not sold on the concept, Narberth Borough wants to keep the option alive.

    4. Another Patch Article

      Pam Loughman
      Petition Organizer
      Focus is on Wynnewood- Narberth traffic light - Main Line Times - Main Line Media News

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    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Patch Article

      Pam Loughman
      Petition Organizer
      Teen Pedestrian Hospitalized After Wynnewood Road Accident

      A 16-year-old girl was struck by a car while crossing Wynnewood Road on foot Thursday evening, and she remained hospitalized as of Friday afternoon, Lower Merion Township spokesman Tom Walsh said. The accident happened about 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of East Wynnewood Road and North Wynnewood Avenue.

    7. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bruce Fay PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 7 months ago

      I am discouraged that ADA access through the tunnel is missing from the discussion with the Borough or LM. I would like to see a pedestrian controlled traffic light that would enable someone in a wheelchair to go through the tunnel, stopping traffic in one lane for approximately 60 seconds. This entails creating an ADA compliant lane through the tunnel.

      Sorry, Pam, but I won't be able to make it to tonight's meeting, but I am wishing you well and looking forward to the update!

      Bruce

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    • Eric Karson NARBERTH, PA
      • 8 months ago

      A traffic light is the most cost effective, long term, and immediate reasonable solution.

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    • Linda Miller WYNNEWOOD, PA
      • 8 months ago

      It will make the intersection safer for all.

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    • Brad Hughart MERION, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is clearly a hazardous intersection. I drive through there frequently and always have to be on high alert for pedestrians, people pulling out of the tunnel, speeding cars, and the like. As a pedestrian, I would never try to cross the road there - and I cringe when I see people "making a run" for it. Now's the time to install a traffic light and pedestrian crossing!

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    • Michael Alexander NARBERTH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm for a roundabout rather than a traffic signal, but I think the intersection needs to be made safer for pedestrians and cars.

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