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Traffic on Main St. in the AM

Last Friday morning, I took High St. over to Main fully expecting traffic to be backed up to that intersection as it has been since the closing of the Gay Street Bridge. Much to my surprise, and pleasure as I was running a bit late, there was no traffic at all. Making the turn onto Main Street, I was able to get to the light at Bridge and Main without stopping. It was then that I noticed that PennDOT wisely took the advice of people in town and fixed the turning lanes. Whereas before the right lane was for right turns only, they have now changed it so that lane is used for going straight or turning right and the left lane is for left lane turns only.

Still, being that it was a Friday and that traffic is generally lighter anyway, I was not yet convinced that our traffic problems were solved. So, it was with a certain amount of optimism I set off this morning along the same route. Much to my surprise, and pleasure, I encountered the same (lack of) traffic.

I bring this up for two reasons. First, I only go this way a couple of times a week so I wanted to see if this is indeed the experience many of you are having on a daily basis. Second, I know a lot of people had been driving down to Township Line Rd. to avoid Main Street who may now want to reconsider their route.


~dawn~ said…
So now you can try Starr Street to Bridge (or really just Bridge) at the evening rush hour. Last night Starr Street was backed up from Bridge Street to Route 23 at 6pm. :P
Anonymous said…
Try getting from Mont Clare to downtown. I have seen people walk faster then I can drive this route.
Anonymous said…
Shhhh, don't tell everyone! What if everyone decided to go to Township Line road and THAT'S the real reason traffic has been light. Now you're sending them back! OMG!
Anonymous said…
It is ok in the morning, but a nightmare in the afternoon still. The light is too short when people are going north on main street and crossing over bridge. Almost a 30 min wait every day.
Anonymous said…
It's HORRIBLE in the afternoon -- Main Street backs up and the lights at Bridge and Church are not in sync so it gets even worse.

I used to be able to go from Morgan/Main to the North Side in 5 minutes -- now, in the afternoons, it's 20 minutes at least and sometimes longer.
Anonymous said…
Speaking of rush hour, is there ever any solution in sight for fixing Route 23 eastbound in the AM and/or westbound in the PM?

It's almost gotten to the point where you need to be through the light at Valley Forge by 7:15am, or else you might as well wait until after 9am.

There is so much dysfunctional behavior on that road, it almost makes me want to move -- sigh!
Anonymous said…
Not to mention all of the gas that is wasted and pollution created because the lights aren't synchronized or just timed a little better.
Gracie08 said…
Off topic (soory but I don't know how to make a new topic yet ).

I saw the SOLD sign went up on the Cowan Olds property. Does anyone know who bought it and what their plans are ?
Anonymous said…
I love that they changed the lanes on Main. The AM traffic is much more tolerable now. If only they would have notified people of the traffic change, I've been almost run off the road by people (including a school bus twice!) who continue to wait in the left hand lane to go straight...

Now to work on the PM traffic...
JW said…
Gracie, I went to the Bock Festival at Sly Fox over the weekend and the word is it was bought by STS Tire and Automotive.
Gracie08 said…
JW, Great, Just what we need, another tire store !! Just who in Phoenixville is burning all the rubber to support the 4 tire stores we already have within 5 miles of each other ?? :-)
Anonymous said…
This morning traffic was backed up coming into Phoenixville from the Mont Clare Bridge all the way up to Black Rock Road. It also wasn't any better going N on 29. Traffic was stopped from Egypt Rd to Black Rock Road. They need to build the new bridge faster or people will just stop coming into town because of such a mess it will be for 2YEARS!
Lori said…
They should put up a sign on the approach of that intersection that states "Left lane must turn left."

I drive that way to work every morning and there still seems to be some confusion there.
Anonymous said…
Gracie08 said...
JW, Great, Just what we need, another tire store !! Just who in Phoenixville is burning all the rubber to support the 4 tire stores we already have within 5 miles of each other ?? :-)

My guess would be all the people that fancy High St. a speedway, the police (moreso when not in pursuit) included.
Anonymous said…
We need a left turn signal onto Bridge from Main. Traffic can be horrible there. Accident waiting to happen.

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