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Turnpike Slip Ramp


Facts to Keep in Mind



 
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to install eastbound (on) and westbound (off) electronic slip ramps in the vicinity of Route 29, Charlestown Rd., Yellow Springs Rd and Whitehorse Rd. by the year 2002.
The Turnpike Commission acknowledged that Slip Ramps would "Ravage" Tredyffrin Township but are aggressively pursuing their plan to install ramps in and adjacent to Charlestown Township, only a few miles away from the Tredyffrin site.
SAFETY ISSUES:
  • Three Schools and two school bus garages are located within three miles of the proposed ramps, a situation similar to Tredyffrin Township.
LAND PLANNING ISSUES:
  • The Chester County Planning Commission opposes new Turnpike interchanges anywhere in Chester County because of the impact on the surrounding infrastructure and long term implications of sprawl.
     
  • A proliferation of Turnpike interchanges encourages more sprawl and violates the charter of Long Distance Highways by turning the superhighway into a short-distance commuter road.
     
  • The Chester County Planning Commission, Commissioner Martynick, and Commissioner Dinniman oppose new interchanges because they conflict head on with the Countys Landscape Vision Partnership.
     
    At a meeting with Turnpike officials, as reported in the Inquirer on February 11, County Commissioner, Andrew Dinniman commented that "the solution to managing growth is by putting land-use planning first.."
TRAFFIC ISSUES:
  • According to Turnpike officials, (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/11, 1999) the slip ramp is intended to alleviate traffic at the overburdened Valley Forge Interchange. According to Turnpike Engineer Joseph R. Roth 3rd, the slip ramp is projected to draw 3600 cars per day away from Valley Forge only 7% of the 51,000 cars that use the Valley Forge interchange each day. Is that a significant enough difference to overload the country roads that feed the projected slip ramp??
     
  • In the same Inquirer article, Engineer Roth stated that 4100 cars per day would use the eastbound ramp projected to grow to 4400 in 2010. (Have traffic projections ever been accurate especially under the target?) Can we believe a maximum of 4400 additional cars per day.
     
  • Engineers connected with Penndot and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission have commented that additional interchanges invariably increase overall use of a toll road. (More traffic!)
     
  • It is commonly assumed that eastbound ramps will ease the traffic around the corporate center on Route 29. However, data showing the percent of workers in the corporate center who might use the Turnpike has not been made available. At this time, the bulk of traffic to the Corporate Center comes from the east by way of 202, and from the south, north and west which will not be served by the slip ramp..
     
  • No data about the impact of thousands of cars and trucks a day on local roads has been given to the Townships. At this time, Penndot has no plans to improve the roads that would feed this slip ramp!
     
  • The Turnpike Commission has not yet installed E-zPass at Valley Forge. Route 202 is scheduled to be widened. The Paoli train station will be moved and expanded. Should a slip ramp be installed before the results of these improvements are tested?
WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FREE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE TURNPIKE AND THOSE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED MOST: THE RESIDENTS OF NORTHERN CHESTER COUNTY?
  • The Turnpike Commission has scheduled a public presentation for the Communities affected at the Great Valley High School on February 25th from 4 until 9 PM. According to John Durbin Turnpike Commission Executive Director, turnpike engineers will answer questions individually, and will accept comments from residents that are in writing and signed with your address. However, according to the Turnpike Public Relations office, none of the data from traffic, environmental or engineering studies will be made available to the residents.
     
  • Charlestown Supervisors have forwarded the petition opposing the slip ramps signed by 700+ township residents to the Turnpike, and have formally requested a public hearing (where residents can publicly comment on the data and engage the Commission in discussion) to also be held at Great Valley H.S. County Commissioners have submitted a similar request as have Charlestown Green and the Charlestown Civic Association.

 
WHAT CAN YOU DO??
WRITE LETTERS! Hold a letter-writing party in your neighborhood! Let the Turnpike Commissioners, Governor Ridge and your elected officials know that a slip ramp at Route 29 will "Ravage" our neighborhood! This is vitally important! For addresses and who to write see the Address and Email List linked from the Turnpike Slip Ramp Opposition Center.
 
ATTEND THE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 25 at the Great Valley High School.
JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS!
EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN!
COME AT 7:30 PM!
MEET THE PRESS!
JOIN THE CROWD!
 

Source: Charlestown Citizens Opposed to the Turnpike Slip Ramp
Updated February 14, 1999


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