Sentner maintains there won’t be enough room for a sufficient turning lane for northbound traffic to go left from Chestnut onto Allen, because of a curve coming off an old bridge over the railroad tracks just south of that intersection.
Turoscy said PennDOT may change that curve when it replaces that Chestnut Street bridge, which some locals still refer to “the rabbit farm bridge.” He said the road then will have a smoother and safer curve, and room for a longer left turn lane at Allen.
Hunter noted replacing that bridge, which he called “a significant choke point” for traffic, is not the developer’s responsibility.
Turoscy also said the Chestnut Street traffic signals south of the proposed Allen Street signals will be retimed and synchronized to improve traffic flow through what now is the most congested area of the township.
Koze said Emmaus and Lower Macungie support traffic signals at Chestnut and Allen, adding: “I thought Upper Milford wanted it.”
“We’re getting a little frustrated on our side,” commented Turoscy.
“I’m just speaking for myself,” said Sentner, noting the township has two other supervisors. “But what I see right now, no way it’s going to work. I want to see something that’s going to work.”
Sentner said late afternoon traffic on Chestnut Street already is ‘bumper-to-bumper” from the Upper Milford Township building all the way north to Emmaus.
He’s concerned backed-up traffic waiting to go left onto Allen will block through traffic.
Changes requested to Indian Creek Road
Upper Milford’s supervisors recently sent a letter to PennDOT recommending that the state impose traffic restrictions on Indian Creek Road, announced Sentner, who serves on the township’s planning commission in addition to being a supervisor.
Sentner described Indian Creek Road as “horrible ---one of the worst roads in the state. Traffic on Indian Creek Road is crazy.”
He said one of the township’s recommendations is for PennDOT to prohibit traffic from turning left from Indian Falls Road onto Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Drivers could only go right from Indian Creek Road onto Cedar Crest Boulevard, said Sentner, but traffic still could turn right off southbound Cedar Crest to reach Indian Creek Road via Indian Falls Road.
Sentner said if those changes are approved by PennDOT, they will impact access to Fields at Indian Creek.
Brian Miller, Upper Milford’s planning coordinator, said the Indian Creek/Cedar Crest Boulevard intersection has a high rate of accidents.
“It is a very hazardous intersection,” agreed Hunter. “PennDOT’s aware of it; the township’s aware of it.
Hunter said “the solution that should happen” for the intersection of Indian Falls and Indian Creek roads with Cedar Crest Boulevard would cost millions of dollars. “It’s not this developer’s job to undertake that,” he said. “It’s PennDOT’s job to undertake that fix.”
Near the end of the meeting, resident John Roth complained the traffic issues “are not being addressed properly here. Everybody knows what a terrible intersection Cedar Crest and Indian Creek Road is. And this development, with the number of units that are going to be put in here, is going to adversely impact that intersection. That intersection is a failure right now.”
Replied Hunter: “It’s a PennDOT roadway. We don’t really have any jurisdiction.”
Roth said the planning commission is just passing the responsibility off on PennDOT.
Lower Macungie weighs in
Irvin Keister, chairman of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission, said Fields at Indian Creek will not be an asset for his township.
He said the proposed new traffic signals at Allen and Chestnut probably will help, but added many people living in the development won’t use that intersection, especially if they are going north.