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Turnpike Slip Ramp


Letter to Gov Ridge from
Janet Baldwin, Chairwoman,
Charlestown Historical Commission



February 12, 1999
 
Dear Governor Ridge:
 
As Chairwoman of the Charlestown Historical Commission, I write to OPPOSE THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE SLIP-RAMP proposed for the intersection of the Turnpike with Route 29 - gateway to the Great Valley Corporate Center. We already have gridlock in commuting hours on our scenic two-lane roads. Any increase in volume will be unbearable!
 
Governor Ridge at Pyle FarmYou have been in Charlestown! In 1994, along with Jim McErlane, you made a campaign stop at Harold Pyle's "Brightside" dairy farm on Yellow Springs Road. My husband got an excellent picture of that event. It documents the fact that Charlestown is considered to be a rural area by Chester County's much-acclaimed "LANDSCAPES" plan. I spent a great deal of time in 1997 putting together an Agricultural Security Area of 1105 acres - remarkable in eastern Chester County since we are bordered by highly developed Tredyffrin, East and West Whiteland, Uchlan and Phoenixville. Charlestown has remained a beautiful area on the north ridge of the Great Valley because ever since 1950 'our supervisors, planners and lawyers have worked hard. They have kept our zoning and our ordinances up-to-date and ahead of the development curve. Any interchange on our border will wipe out two generations of careful, caring effort by our citizens.
 
Turnpike officials have tried to say that the automated ramp to facilitate the corporate center commuter traffic will not have much impact on the township. Nobody here believes that! In the last 50 years I have watched first King of Prussia, then Lionville and finally Morgantown change from quiet country towns to ugly, four-lane traffic-clogged commercial areas. Charlestown doesn't deserve this fate!
 
Please join with our county commissioners, our elected representatives, our school board and our citizens to oppose this disaster for little Charlestown. Thank you.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Janet M. Baldwin

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