Letter to the editor: Problems with Route 30
Since I have been traveling Route 30 for over 20 years to go to the VA hospital in Oakland, I would say that I can speak knowledgeably about the article “Irwin-area drivers are Pennsylvania’s worst, survey finds”. There are a few items that were not considered.
If there was an alternate route, virtually no one would use Route 30. Since the businesses along Route 30 would die, I am surprised that any of the business folks would complain about the drivers.
Let me point out just a few problems:
• Count the traffic lights between Greensburg and the Parkway East. The number will stun you.
• The police in North Huntingdon use traffic fines to raise money for North Huntingdon (which is supposedly illegal). Notice all of the VASCAR lines on the road surface? Therefore the high number of citations.
• The condition of the road surface is terrible. To cite just one problem: Look at the ripples where Route 30 meets Route 48 for motorists traveling toward Pittsburgh.
• Route 30 is narrow for most of the length in question.
• Finally, why would anyone use a company out of Seattle if they wanted an unbiased safety survey?
There is truth in the problem of left turns off Route 30. Hopefully, that will be corrected and would cut down immensely on accidents.