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Turnpike Slip Ramp


We Already Have
A Traffic Mess!



 
The following letter and image were received from David Hewlings. It's a very useful way to picture the already severe problems in the area where the slip ramp would go. Great job, David!
 

 
I've attached a small version of an image that I hope conveys the additional traffic woes headed our way with the new turnpike exchange. The blue dots represent today's morning traffic, without the slip ramp. For two hours every weekday morning, hundreds of vehicles converge on the proposed site from six main approaches: Pikeland Road, Charlestown Road, Phoenixville Pike (both directions), Whitehorse Road, and Yellow Springs Road. As anyone who has driven through the area knows, it's a mess. If the westbound exit ramp goes in, smack in the middle of all this traffic, it can only make a bad problem much worse.
 
Before Ramp Traffic Patterns
What will the Turnpike Commission do on day 1 of the ramp's operation, when exiting vehicles back up onto the turnpike because they have nowhere to go?
Quoted in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, Commission spokesperson Kathy Liebler said, "We need to find a way to move cars faster off the turnpike." Where will those cars go, once they're off the turnpike? We can't just get them "off the turnpike," as if they disappear once their tolls are paid. Those cars have to go somewhere, and we certainly don't need them in Charlestown.
The U.S. Geological Survey image comes from terraserver.microsoft.com. The full image can be viewed from Microsoft's server by clicking here.

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