Borough Council Discusses Traffic Calming Measures

Council also plans to review the noise ordinance.


Residents are requesting that Newtown Borough implement traffic calming measures to slow cars coming off the bypass and driving through town, Mayor Dennis O'Brien told Borough Council Wednesday. 

But not all council members were completely supportive of the concept.

"Everyone wants a speed bump, but they don't want it in front of their house," Council President Bob Walker said. He said noise from the cars going over the bumps and possible stormwater drainage problems are potential issues caused by traffic calming devices.

O'Brien said another complication is the potential for the borough to be held liable if a car is damaged while going over the bump.

The has recently begun using devices to gather data on the amount of vehicles and their approximate speed as they travel throughout the borough, O'Brien told council.

Additionally, the mayor said police have ramped up patrols and are now using a mobile trailer to show drivers their speed. In recent weeks, police have stopped several dozen vehicles, O'Brien added.

Also on Wednesday, council agreed to review the borough's noise ordinance after some residents complained about disturbances from neighbors using snow blowers late at night and before sunrise.

The ordinance prohibits loud equipment between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. but exempts snow removal equipment, solicitor William Bolla said.

The ordinance will be reviewed and discussed at a later date.

Craig February 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The borough is very quaint, and I definitely thing altering the roads with speed bumps would spoil the quaintness of the town. I suggest having some of the boroughs finest stand on the corners (particularly of State Street) monitoring traffic, and just keeping a general eye on things. I think that would be quite quaint as well.
Mark Keefer February 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM
As congested as it gets and with more than enough traffic lights to keep traffic at a slow pace there is no need. Speed bumbs would be a waste of tax dollars, ruin the asthetics of the town, not to mention wear and tear on everyones vehicles.
Jim February 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Perhaps the police should be encouraged to inforce the speed laws and pedestrian cross walks on Lincoln Ave between Washington and Penn. Cars speed along in excess of 25 MPH and play chicken with "us" dog walkers. Not a very pleasent experience.
Barbara February 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Thank you Jim for that comment. I fear for my life trying to cross at the crosswalk at Centre and even at the stop signs at Penn. Saw a police car once at the Septa lot...guess he was playing with his computer, because he wasn't watching the cars at the stop sign..not coming to complete stops.
lenpenn February 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I respect everyone's concerns about the "quaintness" of Newtown, however I saw a kid almost get hit by one of the way more than 25mph drivers on Penn St. Hopefully, something can get done to fix this problem. Hopefully, someone doesn't get hurt or worse. There is, without question, more people driving through our quaint town. New problems need new solutions. Want to raise some $. Have police park on Penn St. around rush hour for a week and give out some tickets. Send notices to the businesses in the Industrial Parks around Newtown that their employees (when cutting through Newtown) need to slow down or will be ticketed. We need to change behavior.
Barbara February 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I agree with lenpenn that if the police were monitoring traffic in the Borough during peak times, we wouldn't have a traffic problem or need "calming measures". Peak times are when the Industrial Park is filling and letting out and involve not just Washington but Centre and Penn as well--all the way to Sycamore!
Bob February 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I always see officers out enforcing traffic. Everyone wants more done but doesn't want to pay the price of having more than 1 officer working at a time. 1 officer can't do everything at once.


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