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Quakertown awaits results of downtown traffic study

By Mark Reccek, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:45:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2014 05:56:55 AM CDT
Fire Chief Douglas Wilhelm earns certificate
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. -

At Wednesday evening's Quakertown Borough Council meeting, Scott Soost, owner of Tana Kaya Boutique, 322 W. Broad St., questioned council on the status of a recent traffic plan submitted to PennDOT.

"I understand PennDOT came back requiring additional work," he said.

Borough Manager Scott McElree said the initial review posed some questions. In particular, PennDOT expressed questions as to truck and bus traffic.

According to McElree, the purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of returning Broad St. from a one-way to a two-way road.

The study will aid in helping to determine traffic patterns and traffic flow as the downtown area proceeds with development.

The borough retained Bob Stone of Traffic Planning and Design, Inc., Pottstown, to conduct the study.

McElree said the study is merely the first step among many steps required to effect traffic changes.

"The process to do this is very arduous," he said. "There's a lot that goes into this."

McElree emphasized even if the plan is approved by PennDOT, increased costs could prevent implementation.

"We could still be looking at something that is not affordable," he said.

McElree said he hopes a meeting can be scheduled with PennDOT the week of July 21 to discuss the status of the study.

Before the meeting occurs, McElree said two analysis have to be conducted and forwarded to PennDOT.

"At best, this is a conceptual idea that is at the very beginning of the planning process," he added.

In other business, council unanimously approved applying for the Transportation and Community Development Initiative grant. The $100,000 grant requires the borough to provide $25,000.

Council also unanimously approved providing $40,000 to aid in the restoration of the Historical Society Barn located on Main Street.

Also during the meeting, Harry Crohe, operations and training officer for the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, presented Quakertown Fire Chief Douglas Wilhelm with an advanced certification from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

"I'm really proud of Doug," Crohe said. "It's really a lot of work and training."