TMA Bucks and Middletown Township have created what they hope is a solution to the high number of car crashes that have occurred at the intersection of East Lincoln Highway and Highland Park Way by adding an additional traffic light to manage the traffic.
According to a press release, TMA Bucks was approached by one of its members, McCafferty Auto Group, this past March because McCafferty Hyundai was reporting problems with people traveling westbound on Route 1 and not paying attention to the traffic signal at Lincoln and Highland Park Way.
TMA Bucks met with representatives from Middletown Township, PennDOT and McCafferty to discuss the issue and review possible improvements to make the area safer.
“The TMA always reacts quickly to bring all of the key stakeholders together when our members approach us with a problem or issue, especially one that concerns the safety of people in our community,” explained TMA Bucks executive director Bill Brady.
After a review of the problem by Middletown Township’s traffic engineer, the township decided to move forward with the major improvement being an additional traffic signal being placed on the existing pole at the corner of McCafferty’s driveway that would help people pay more attention to that intersection and light.
Improvements were also made at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Flowers Mill Road as louvers were installed on the existing traffic signals. The purpose of the louvers is to block the view of a signal from another approach.
“We were pleased to be able to participate in this joint effort to improve traffic safety in Middletown Township,” said Pat Mallon, Chairman of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors. “Our thanks go out to McCafferty Auto Group for bringing the issue to our attention and to TMA Bucks for facilitating the involvement of all stakeholder groups. This is a great example of business and government working together to solve problems.”
TMA Bucks is a 501 (c) 4 non-profit transportation management association designed to promote and coordinate travel demand management strategies to reduce peak-hour traffic congestion and serve as a clearinghouse for transportation policies and programs throughout Bucks County. The TMA is membership supported and businesses can learn more about the benefits of membership at tmabucks.com.
"For years we have witnessed many collisions and near-misses at this location,” said McCafferty Auto Group president Todd Buch. “We had searched for help with others in getting this problem addressed and contacted TMA Bucks for advice on who we specifically should contact and what our approach should be. As it turned out, it was the TMA we should have called from the beginning. In less than a week, TMA Bucks was facilitating a meeting with PennDOT, Middletown Township, the engineers who maintain the traffic signals and us. Within an hour we had a direction, and within six months the plan had been implemented. We are grateful for the assistance of the TMA."