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Upper Saucon retains 40 mph on Rt. 309 in Center Valley

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Despite the efforts of a Center Valley man to reduce the current 40 mph speed limit on the stretch of Route 309 from Route 378 to Camp Meeting Road, the Upper Saucon Board of Supervisors Monday approved adding six more highly visible signs posting the current speed.

The speed limit was not dropped.

Vic Vardaro of Main Street asked the supervisors to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph after he previously requested township manager Tom Beil to write the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to  request the speed reduction.

PennDOT deemed the matter a local decision.

Supervisor Pat Leonard said he believes a 5 mph speed drop would largely go unheeded by drivers, and also said there is no consensus among the five supervisors for a speed change. However, he asked Vardaro if the installation of multiple, larger signs posting a 40 mph speed limit on that fairly small stretch of Route 309 North would suffice.

Vardaro asked the board for empathy for residents living along Route 309 in Center Valley and said they would more easily understand the speeding problem if they also lived along the highly-traveled road; he accepted the supervisors' decision to erect and pay for new signage.

Beil said new signage also would have been installed if the board had agreed to the lower speed limit.

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