Harrison residents push for lower speed limit along Burtner Road
A Harrison resident concerned about speeding through the residential area of Burtner Road is pushing township officials to take action.
Caran Mazur, who lives along Burtner, presented a petition to the township commissioners urging them to reduce speed on the busy road. She said the petition had signatures from 110 residents of Burtner and streets that connect to it such as Princeton and Dallas avenues. They were able to gather those signatures without doing a full door-to-door canvass of the area.
Mazur said the petition signers support her proposal to lower the speed limit from the posted 30 miles per hour to 25 mph.
“People try to get access into Burtner Road, and you can’t get out,” Mazur said.
The road carries traffic from the Natrona Heights exit of Route 28 up the hill and through a heavily populated residential area. According to Mazur, few motorists seem to obey the posted speed limit and with some blind spots along the street, the potential for bad traffic accidents.
Several other residents at last Tuesday’s commissioners’ meetings voiced agreement with her.
Mazur said there is also a need for zones where pedestrians can safely cross the road.
However, the commissioners said their hands are tied when it comes to adjusting the speed limit.
“We have to go through PennDOT to do that,” Commissioners Chairman William Heasley said. “We can’t do anything to the road because it’s PennDOT’s.”
Commissioner Bill Poston recalled that Mazur has been pushing to lower the speed limit for several years and the commissioners have tried to oblige her.
“We had them (PennDOT) up here before, physically, to look at the road and they will not do anything,” Poston said. “It’s not like we’ve been ignoring you.”
One resident said someone will probably have to die in an accident before PennDOT does anything about it.
Heasley said the township will try to approach PennDOT officials again about the matter and was given a copy of the petition to present to them.
“I want to keep pressing PennDOT on this,” she said.
Heasley said he would ask Police Chief Mike Klein to do additional speed and traffic enforcement along the road.
Tom Yerace is a Tribune-Review freelance writer.