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Safety of Route 309 is discussed

March 16. 2013 10:05PM
JON O??CONNELL, Times Leader Correspondent

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FAIRVIEW TWP. – PennDOT trucks cruised state Route 309 Monday night as Hose Co. 1 President Dave Hourigan told township supervisors there were accidents every day last week on the mountainous highway that enters the township.

Though the fire department did not respond to all the crashes – Hanover Township emergency teams handled some – and not all of them resulted in injuries, he said he fears it is only a matter of time before someone gets badly hurt.

Posted signs limit driving speeds to 45 mph, but Hourigan said nearly all of the accidents involved drivers exceeding that.

He said when temperatures are as low as they have been, time of day makes little difference.

The road freezes over even in the middle of the day. It just depends on the way the sun hits it, Hourigan said.

In other matters:

• Engineers from Barry Isett & Associates, an Allentown-based firm, will meet with residents and administrators at 7 tonight in the township building to discuss improvement plans for the Fairview Township Memorial Park.

Chairman Supervisor Mike Iorio said the township matched an $8,000 state grant for a total of $16,000 to be used for park renovations.

Iorio said the supervisors and engineers are to discover what residents want in the park, whether another basketball court, tennis court or rubber ground surfacing for the playground. He also mentioned a new pavilion or improved playground equipment as possibilities. Iorio said money has been received and now the best way to spend it must be determined. Community input will help decide.

• The township received notice from its engineering firm, Borton Lawson, that conditions have been met for the request that developer Joe Thomas widen Woodland Avenue and improve the turning radius at each corner of the road.

Thomas agreed to the road improvements at the request of the township before supervisors approved his plans for a 28-home subdivision, Taylor Estates, on extensions of Woodcrest and Lee avenues.

Woodland Avenue connects the two roads just before the extensions are to begin. Planning codes do not require the developer to make offsite improvements, but the conditions approved at last month's supervisors' meeting call for improvements before any occupancy permits are issued for the new homes.

With conditions met, supervisors voted to permanently approve Thomas' subdivision development plans.

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