Allegheny Township residents’ concerns persist about safety of intersection
Allegheny Township police have increased their patrols near the Hyde Park and School roads intersection after monitoring the area with a speed trailer this fall.
Allegheny Township police Chief John Fontaine said police were able to identify peak times of the day when traffic was heavier, typically when residents are heading to and from work and school.
“We are continuing to monitor that area and the officers do make it a point to be in that vicinity,” Fontaine said.
Police began monitoring the intersection after residents voiced concerns in September, following a late August crash between a school bus and a motorcycle.
No one aboard the bus was injured, but the motorcycle driver was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.
Fontaine said police have issued some citations for speeding in the area since they began the heavier patrols during those peak hours.
Fontaine said there haven’t been any crashes at that intersection since September.
According to township police records, the intersection has been the site of six wrecks since 2003.
Township supervisors also requested that PennDOT do a traffic study of the intersection, but haven’t received any information about when that may occur.
“We have received nothing from PennDOT as of today,” township Manager Greg Primm said Friday.
PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said the township’s request has been received, and is still being reviewed.
Petersen said there isn’t a typical timeline for approving a traffic study request. She said it depends on how many requests PennDOT has received, workload and staffing.
Because Hyde Park Road is a state road, the decision on whether to make changes will come from PennDOT.
Allegheny Township resident Stephanie Jankowski, who lives near the intersection in the Hawk Valley plan, said residents still have concerns about the safety of the intersection.
“I do know that a lot of people are asking what’s next because it seems to have kind of stalled,” she said.
Residents of the Hawk Valley housing plan petitioned township supervisors in September to get a four-way stop requirement put on the intersection to get motorists to slow down and watch for other drivers.
Traffic going either way on School Road must stop before crossing Hyde Park Road.
“I don’t understand why it’s taking so long,” Jankowski said.
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Emily at 412-871-2369, email@example.com or via Twitter .