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Turnpike Commisson's Slip Ramp "Open House"
Great Valley High School
Thursday, February 25, 1999
Click here to see our report depicting the three alternative slip ramp designs and several photographs of the open house.
At the slip ramp open house last Thursday, the Turnpike Commission handed a comment sheet to each visitor. The sheet had three places to mark one's preference for one of the three alternative ramp designs (see our report for the details of each design). There was a line or two to write in a fourth preference of our own, followed by the bulk of the page in which to write comments. There was no explicit place to check off one's preference for no slip ramp at all, so some visitors checking one of the indicated alternatives might have checked a "None" box, had one been provided. The tally of these sheets is shown below, where the "no ramp" count is of those (85%) who did not check any of the Commission's alternative but instead wrote in that they did not want any slip ramp.
  Option "Votes" Pct
  Alternative 1 36   12.8%
  Alternative 2 2   0.7%
  Alternative 3 4   1.4%
  No Ramp 240   85.1%

Tonight's turnpike slip ramp "meeting" was very well attended by residents of Charlestown and other townships and by many of our elected officials. For those who missed the meeting or would like to review the options again, I will post explanations of the three alternative slip ramp configurations presented by the Turnpike Commission, hopefully by Monday. The fourth option (No Slip Ramp) was not part of the presentation but was the obvious sentiment of most in attendance. I also hope to have some "official" counts from the exit poll that was conducted by the many volunteers at the meeting, and I am sure there will be newspaper coverage. I regret that I do not have the equivalent of a transcript of the group question and answer session kicked off by Sue Willig about 8 pm.

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