Exeter Township has been informed by PennDOT of their plan
to restripe a section of Perkiomen Avenue to permit a left turn lane.
Despite a lack of notification by PennDOT, residents
affected by the proposed change approached the Board of Supervisors to convey
their concerns, particularly with the potential loss of parking for residents
and businesses in some areas.
The Exeter Police Department and PennDOT subsequently
provided information with respect to the type and number of vehicular accidents
and resulting injuries (see graphics).
The Township Engineer prepared a plan to illustrate what the
result could be if the lanes were shifted to the south and the lane width was
reduced (see graphic). The loss of
parking would still occur.
A proposal was made to consider reducing the number of
travel lanes in each direction from two (2) lanes to one (1) lane and providing
a left turn lane. The width of the
roadway would be reduced from five (5) lanes to three (3) lanes. This would provide the potential for parking,
improved pedestrian access and an improved streetscape.
The Board directed the administration and Township Engineer
to prepare concept plans and meet with PennDOT to review their proposal. The administration will report back to the
Board within sixty (60) days.