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Stop signs coming to Walton Crossings

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Penn Township officials are heeding a homeowner's request to install two more stop signs at the intersection of Trail Side Court and Putter Trail in the Walton Crossings housing plan because of sight-distance issues for drivers and pedestrians.

Manager Bruce Light said on Monday that a three-way stop at the intersection is warranted after he completed an engineering study.

Commissioners last week agreed to review the safety of the intersection after a Trail Side homeowner, Rosemary Geibel, said some residents are worried about being able to walk in the plan.

Geibel said she had to jump off the street into greenery across from the plan's Club House social room near that intersection because a driver nearly hit her when she was walking her dog on July 21.

She also said that some people have been racing through the plan.

Geibel said she is pleased that the commissioners intend to approve the stop signs as part of an ordinance they consider in September.

“I was very thankful, very surprised and really had had no idea that they would act as quickly as they did,” Geibel said Tuesday morning.

Police Chief John Otto, who met with Geibel, said a curve on Trail Side contributes to making the intersection “tricky” for drivers and pedestrians.

Last week, police used a speed machine that lists the speed of each vehicle near the intersection.

The only stop sign at the intersection now is on Putter for drivers turning left or right onto Trail Side. Three driveways are near the intersection.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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