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Greg Hartman

"Yuh cain't git thar from here" - local gubermint at work

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Greg Hartman

This announcement from our local police last night.  At least the police have been able to maintain their sense of humor:

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 5th, PennDOT will begin construction on Perkiomen Ave, and will be detouring all westbound traffic at some point beginning in early morning down Endlich Ave to Carsonia Ave. At the same time, the bridge on Harvey Ave at Butter Ln will ALSO be closing for repairs. It is unknown if Oley Turnpike Rd will be re-opening after repaving. We expect utter and complete chaos for at least the first day or so. PLEASE understand that the decisions involved in reconstructing every bridge and road in the area at the same time were NOT made by CBRPD. Our officers will be out at what we expect to be MCPs ("Maximum Chaos Points"), especially during school traffic times. You may wish to leave a little extra time for commuting tomorrow - like an hour. Or several hours. You may actually want to just leave now. If you see our officers out there trying to contain the craziness, please wave and wish them well. Know that they may not see you due to their eye-twitching, but they'll appreciate your thoughts!

 

 

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What on earth were they thinking??!!  These are the same folks who have the local school district suing the local township (both sides have $500/hour major Philadelphia law firms - they couldn't even hire local lawyers), with the whole thing funded by the very same taxpayers, so no matter who wins, everybody loses.  Gawd!

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Don Steese

You gotta be talking about Reading??  Lived there when I was a kid. It was a nice town back then. 

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RMH

About 30 years back I lived in Leesport, Berks county for awhile. There was a highway extension in the area that ran for a few miles and just ended. Blocked off at the end with nothing beyond. Ran out of money or something, I don't recall. It was called the road to nowhere. I see the tradition continues.

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NECarson

A few summers ago the city did a major road project near my neighborhood... 

 

It necessitated rerouting a water main.

 

For our convenience they did it in stages. In the evenings. With no warning. 

 

So for a couple of weeks, every day or two we'd have no water from 5-9.

 

Because no one comes home in the summer and wants to take a shower or cook dinner. 

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Samuel Hoggson

Can relate.  Kinda, sorta.  On June 23 the Dover-Foxcroft metropolis will - once again - look like this:

 

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Because:  Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

 

Happy to live on the Bangor side of town.  And on June 23 will turn left onto 15.........Hermon Skeet Club, methinks. 

 

Never been to the Festival.  Never let the kids go, either.  Guy could get a blood sugar of 800 just thinking about it.    

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Greg Hartman

Just an update from the local police.  Apparently, they are still maintaining their sense of humor, but I gotta say trying to get anywhere around town these days is quite a project!

 

From Berks police. 

WED, June 13, 2018
 
Good morning all!
 
We need to make you aware of a rather dramatic change to the ever-evolving process of trying to create safe traffic patterns through Mt Penn Borough during this mess.  In re-evaluating traffic flow on the intended detour route, it has been decided to make the intersection of Carsonia Ave and Endlich Ave a 4-Way STOP.  To this end, stop signs have been erected on Carsonia Ave for both north and south travel lanes.  This seems like an easy solution, but it comes with some serious caveats....
 
In an effort to make the new STOP pattern for Carsonia Ave most apparent, there are warning signs placed well in advance of the actual intersection.  The actual STOP signs themselves are almost twice the size of a standard STOP sign.  To avoid confusion, and unlike the Detour signs which we realize are technically in French, we went with English for the STOP signs.  They are big, red, and have the word STOP written prominently across the middle.  (And no, the white border does NOT make it optional...).  We even went so far as to attach fancy, pretty yellow and red flashing lights to the warning and STOP signs, respectively (the pretty ones cost more, but our residents are worth it).
 
The issue is that people are creatures of habit, and often drive with "blinders on".  While even blinders would allow one to see these massive signs, some people are simply continuing right through them, making it extremely dangerous for motorists pulling out from Endlich Ave and assuming that Carsonia Ave traffic will STOP. 
 
We're currently trying to increase awareness via police presence, but obviously officers are required to be handling other issues as well.  We're sure as people become aware of the new pattern, it will become much safer.  But until then, please be aware and ensure that traffic is stopping prior to pulling out onto Carsonia Ave.  We apologize to the residents living near the corner for all the horn-blowing and yelling until this becomes established, but hopefully it's better than the sound of crushing metal, broken glass, and blood-curdling screams...
 
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WPG Gizmo

Got to love a PD with a sense of humor :D

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