Pennsylvania DOT didn’t want the pesky pedestrians getting in the way of the cars, so they removed three traffic signals:
Stephanie Foman had just gotten off the bus at her regular stop on Haverford Avenue, looked up, and noticed there was no longer a light at Sherwood Avenue in Overbrook Park. When she tried to cross the street, she said: “I almost got hit. I had to stand in the middle of the road, waving my arms to get the cars to stop.”
The signals were removed as part of a traffic “improvement” plan for Haverford Ave. PennDOT says the “improved” intersections don’t meet warrants for a signal:
“We knew that PennDOT said they wanted to improve the flow of traffic,” town watch president Darryl Day said. “But we didn’t think they were going to take down those traffic lights and replace them with those little yellow blinking lights they call beacons.”
PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick said the traffic project is federally funded and requires all upgraded traffic signals along Haverford be “warranted as part of the design review process.” He said the city Streets Department did an analysis that showed the three intersections did not meet standards for lights.
You have to admire the circular logic. PennDOT says the signals are slowing down traffic too much on the arterial. PennDOT also says there is not enough cross traffic to justify a signal. Both conditions can’t be true.