Area Officials Remind Motorists to Obey Traffic Control Signage at Route 901 Intersection in Pottsville
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – In an effort to address the recurrent traffic accidents happening in Pottsville at the intersection of State Route 901, West Market Street and the Gordon Nagle Trail (near the entrance to Sheetz), state and Pottsville city officials recently met with Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Berks/Schuylkill) to collectively seek out a solution that will help keep motorists safe while traveling through the area.
Tobash met with Pottsville Mayor John Reiley; City of Pottsville Police Chief Joseph Murton; and Police Captain Steve Durkin, as well as representatives from PennDOT, to discuss the problem and increase efforts to make motorists aware of the current restriction on making left-hand turns during high-traffic hours.
Reiley mentioned that there has been a noticeable increase in traffic through the area near the intersection, as more motorists from across the state are using Route 901 as an unofficial bypass to the City of Pottsville. An area race track, as well as local housing developments, are also thought to be an explanation to the increase in traffic.
“When accidents are continuously occurring in the same general location, it’s important that we work to make the area safer, and not ignore the issue,” said Tobash. “Even though it may not always be convenient for motorists to follow the posted traffic signs, it’s important that everyone obey them; in doing so, we’re preventing potential injuries and damage that could be avoided.”
The Pottsville Police Department records show that from May 2011 to May 2012, there were 22 total accidents at the intersection – eight of which were “reported” for property damages and/or injuries and 14 of which were “non-reportable” accidents, meaning less severe damage was caused. Merton said that the Pottsville Police Department will continue to monitor the intersection and will work to help prevent further incidents.
The Route 901 intersection has been the scene of many traffic accidents, even after PennDOT, in conjunction with Sheetz, posted a sign that restricts motorists from making left-hand turns near the intersection during heavy traffic hours. That effort has seemed to help, but traffic through the troubled intersection continues to grow, and accidents are still too prevalent to ignore the problem, Tobash said.
For more information on further efforts to make the Route 901 intersection safer for motorists, contact Tobash’s Schuylkill Haven office at 570-385-8235.
State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Krisinda Corbin