Lincoln Hills residents protest stop sign removal

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A number of Lincoln Hills residents came to the North Huntingdon commissioners meeting to protest the removal of stop signs they said make their neighborhood safer.

Engineer Michael Andrewsh of David E. Wooster and Associates, Inc. did a study of the intersection of Oxford Court and Westminster Drive at the request of a township administrator.

In a letter handed out at the meeting, Mr. Andrewsh wrote that the intersection doesn’t meet criteria for stop signs in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.

Also in the letter, he said traffic volume, a lack of accidents at the intersection and the geometric design of the crossing do not require stop signs.

Resident after resident asked the commissioners to keep three-way and four-way stops in the plan. They said stop signs slow cars that can go 40 to 60 mph. in Lincoln Hills.

One woman said even though stop signs are not considered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to be something to use to slow traffic, the signs do that.

People at the meeting said the stop signs protect children chasing balls onto the street, joggers and people walking dogs, among others. Resident Paul Adomitas said there are 150 to 200 children in the plan.

“This is the first time I’ve seen permitted safety signs removed,” resident Brenda Batenburg said.

One township official said a number of stop signs were removed in the early 1980s because the intersections where they were located did not meet criteria for stop signs.

John Shepherd, township manager, said the township must follow PennDOT rules regarding the placement of the signs.

Commissioners Thomas Krause, Dave Herold and Donald Austin were absent. The commissioners voted to table the vote to remove the stop signs until next month.

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