Detour traffic plagues Pocopson residents

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Traffic continues to cut through narrow roads as short cut to Rt. 52 roundabout detour

By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times

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Despite signs making it clear that Pocopson’s Denton Hollow Road is not the designated detour route for traffic going from Rt. 926 to Rt. 52, motorists continue to use the narrow roadway through a township neighborhood as a shortcut, concerning local residents.

POCOPSON — Residents living along Denton Hollow Road continue to search for ways to reduce traffic along the narrow, winding roadway and told officials during the recent Township Supervisors meeting that they expect to see results.

Supervisors Chair, Ricki Stumpo read from a statement that the Public Works Department is taking action to maintain resident’s and driver’s safety due to increased traffic on township roadways due to the roundabout construction that has closed Route 52 until mid-September.

Stumpo said calls are pouring in from those living along Denton Hollow, Locust Grove, Parkersville and Corrine roads. She said she called the state police and asked them to maintain a presence in the township to monitor and ticket speeding traffic and “they said they would help.”

Stumpo said the township has ordered a portable, speed monitor and will place guardrails along the shoulder of a steep portion of roadway along Denton Hollow Road.

Denton Hollow resident Sarah Mims told the supervisors she is appreciative of what the township is doing but pressed for an answer to a question posed by residents at the past several meetings asking for the roadway to be converted to a one-way street.

Resident Chris Conaway told officials that speeding is not an issue, “its volume and its going to get worse” referring to the future replacement of the 926 bridge over the Brandywine. Conaway said the Township needs a long-term solution and asked if officials would pursue a one-way option if a majority of the residents living along or near Denton Hollow signed a petition.

Stumpo said officials would discuss the matter with the township solicitor.

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Pat DeBow
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Pat DeBow
2 years 2 months ago

Rickie Stumpo and the other supers should stop caving in to the criers who do not like the added traffic. The supers should try to remember they represent all the pocopson residents and not just the poor people who are upset by the added cars that go down their street. I use Denton Hollow every day and I never see anyone walking down that road, so stop crying.

Sean
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Sean
2 years 2 months ago
I sincerely appreciate the concerns of those who live along Denton Hollow Road, and I know that everyone greatly appreciates what Chairwoman Stumpo is doing to enhance the safety along this quiet township roadway. Unfortunately, a township may not limit a street to local traffic only, or make it a one way street just because the residents do not want non – residents increasing the traffic in their neighborhood. Years ago the township made the last block of Haines Mill Road by Red Lion Road a one way street; however, since there was no traffic study done. It is still… Read more »
Kelli Siehl
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Kelli Siehl
2 years 2 months ago

Supervisors at the last meeting said all work is proceeding as scheduled and the roundabout should be open by Mid-September.

Laz
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Laz
2 years 2 months ago

I think that changing Denton Hollow to one-way is a great idea, but will the residents be able to agree on North- or South-bound?

People trust their GPS more than the signs (which could be more useful), so keep driving on 52. Google Maps had the closure set correctly for a while, but recently restored 52, so people will continue to drive all the way to Red Bridge or Parkerville.

Pocopson Resident
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Pocopson Resident
2 years 2 months ago
I agree, it is a public road, and all of our tax $$’s go to build and maintain the roads. Just because more traffic is on the road, doesn’t make it justifiable to make it a one way road because a few want it that way. The fact that more traffic is on it, shows that there is a need for that road to be there, especially now with the closing of Rt 52. I have been using that road almost everyday for 14 years, going both directions. I am sure I have spent just as much money on that… Read more »
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