Saturday, October 6, 2012
Expect some detours -- but ultimately beautiful streets -- as sections of roadway in South Whitehall are paved.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
South Whitehall work crews have been busy paving roads in the township. Public Works Team Leader Frank Fellinger said Friday that, weather permitting, the work for the season should be completed in the next two weeks. Patch stopped by Broad Street Friday as paving was under way. The work was being done from Highland Street to Pennsylvania Street. Here's where work is scheduled for next week: -- Farm Drive, from Winchester to Forest Drive -- Farmington Circle, from Wethersfield Drive (about 100 feet west) -- Pennsylvania Street, from 28th Street to 27th Street -- Fairmont Street, from 29th Street to Cedar Crest Boulevard
Friday, May 4, 2012
South Whitehall Commissioners passed an ordinance Wednesday night that sets the speed limit on Stadium Road, near Orefield Middle School, at 25 mph.
South Whitehall commissioners have set the speed limit to 25 mph on Stadium Road, near Orefield Middle School. The commissioners unanimously passed the ordinance at their Wednesday meeting, following Public Works Director Tony Ganguzza's recommendation in March to set that new speed limit on Stadium Road, between Route 309 and Lime Kiln Road. Parkland School District officials had raised concerns about their buses trying to maneuver in the area, township officials had said. Ganguzza had looked at crash data, sight distance and traffic speeds in determining the recommended speed limit.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
South Whitehall has saved on salt and overtime costs because of the mild winter.
As Spring arrives, South Whitehall officials can count the blessings of a mild winter. Despite the rare October snowstorm of 2011, which downed trees and power lines and prolonged the township's leaf collection, the township was able to save money in salt purchases and overtime costs so far this year. According to information provided by Finance Director Linda Perry, at the end of 2011, South Whitehall had: * 808 tons of salt on hand ($49,458 worth of material). * $5,613 left in its salt budget. * $23,790 left in its overtime budget for snow and ice removal. (The township used $13,000 of that to pay crews who worked overtime to pick up leaves and debris in the weeks after the October storm.) And by winter's end on Monday, Perry said, South…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The township's public works director is recommending a 25 mph speed limit on Stadium Road to address the Parkland School District's traffic concerns.
Editor's note: This article corrects information about the crash data on Stadium Road. To address Parkland School District traffic concerns, South Whitehall officials are considering whether to post a 25 mph speed limit on Stadium Road, near Orefield Middle School. Public Works Director Tony Ganguzza told township commissioners at their meeting on Wednesday that Parkland School District officials have raised the traffic concerns, saying it's difficult for their buses to maneuver in the area since the township-owned road currently does not have a posted speed limit. Ganguzza is recommending the township set the speed limit at 25 mph on Stadium Road, from Route 309 to Lime Kiln Road, based on studies he conducted there. A public hearing will…
Friday, February 10, 2012
Some residents have complained that the new school zone signs at Kratzer Elementary School are going unnoticed by motorists.
South Whitehall has applied for "Yield to Pedestrian" signs for the area near Kratzer Elementary School in a continuing effort to slow down speeding motorists near the school. New School Zone signs went up in November, but area residents have complained to township officials about their placement, saying they have not been visible enough to motorists. South Whitehall Public Works Director Tony Ganguzza said the sign placements were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, based on engineering studies. So are motorists not seeing the signs, Ganguzza asked, or are they just not used to seeing the signs, which post the speed limit as 15 mph during the school's arrival and departure times? He said the bright yellow "Yield to …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Residents complained to South Whitehall commissioners on Wednesday about a road project that they say coated their neighborhood with dust.
South Whitehall kicked up a dust storm -- quite literally -- when it hired a contractor to resurface roads in the Greenawalds section of the township. A group of residents who turned out at the commissioners' meeting Wednesday night complained that the dust stirred up by the roadwork choked the neighborhood over two weeks in early October, coating cars and porch furniture with greasy matter and dust, and forcing residents to keep windows closed and children indoors. "It was impossible to be outside for any activity," said Ron Cardinal, of 2232 Albright Ave., adding that the residents should never have been exposed to that dust for such an extensive period. He said the inch-thick dust posed health problems for residents, particularly older…