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Wynnewood Intersection Solution Still Undecided

A roundabout was the last consideration for the intersection of N. Wynnewood Ave. and E. Wynnewood Rd.

The accident that got nearly 500 neighbors to lobby for a stoplight and a crosswalk at the intersection of N. Wynnewood Ave. and E. Wynnewood Rd. has resulted in numerous safety discussions between officials from Narberth, Lower Merion, PennDOT and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

A teenage pedestrian was struck at that intersection and hospitalized last December. Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township have been considering options for the N. Wynnewood Ave. and E. Wynnewood Rd. intersection since then.

 However, Narberth officials are still waiting on more information before recommending a solution to traffic and safety concerns.

What would you like to see at the N. Wynnewood Ave. and E. Wynnewood Rd. intersection?

Judith Hall March 05, 2013 at 12:47 PM
A cross bridge if anything.
Patti Cashman March 05, 2013 at 01:37 PM
A roundabout, if there is enough room to install one, will help traffic to flow more smoothly, but a roundabout will not solve the pedestrian safety problem.
Michael Alexander March 05, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Here's a quote from the IIHS: "Roundabouts generally are safer for pedestrians than traditional intersections. In a roundabout, pedestrians walk on sidewalks around the perimeter of the circular roadway. If they need to cross the roadway, they cross only one direction of traffic at a time. In addition, crossing distances are relatively short, and traffic speeds are lower than at traditional intersections. Studies in Europe indicate that, on average, converting conventional intersections to roundabouts can reduce pedestrian crashes by about 75 percent. Single-lane roundabouts, in particular, have been reported to involve substantially lower pedestrian crash rates than comparable intersections with traffic signals." Furthermore, roundabouts are safer for automobiles as well: "A 2001 Institute study of 23 intersections in the United States reported that converting intersections from traffic signals or stop signs to roundabouts reduced injury crashes by 80 percent and all crashes by 40 percent." The majority of accidents at this intersection are automobile crashes, not pedestrian crashes, so it's important to consider both problems. Studies have shown that roundabouts are better for both. http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/roundabouts.html
Michael Alexander March 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM
And here's PennDOT's brochure: "Roundabouts offer improved safety over other at-grade intersection forms because roundabout have fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision making. When comparing a roundabout to a signal, studies show that roundabouts provide a 90% reduction in fatal crashes, 75% reduction in injury crashes, 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes, and 10% reduction in bicycle crashes. Pedestrian safety is also improved at roundabouts over traffic signals. Pedestrians using roundabouts are able to cross a much smaller roadway, consider traffic traveling only one direction at a time, and are exposed to traffic that is traveling at much slower speeds" ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/PubsForms/Publications/PUB%20579.pdf

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