Bucks County Herald

Pa. Turnpike plan would change local Doerr Road

MELINDA RIZZO

Residents of Doerr Road don’t want their rural, roadway closed.

At a Milford Township Board of Supervisors regular business meeting Aug. 7, representatives for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented plans to create a cul-de-sac, essentially closing Doerr Road to through traffic as part of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike widening and expansion program.

The massive estimated $225 million project creates six lanes from Lansdale to the Lehigh Valley interchanges, replaces six bridges, increases speed limits to 70 mph, creates an inside breakdown lane and widens shoulders in both directions. Work completion is expected by 2021.

Mark Bonner, design manager for SAI Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, said the environmental impact to sensitive areas surrounding this portion of the expansion, as well as streams and ground water, limited construction options.

“The high quality, exceptional value watershed wetlands and streams affects how we handle the run off [and disturbances],” Bonner said.

least a dozen residents said they were concerned about a perceived negative impact on property values, as well as noise, emergency and police access to their properties and the inconvenience of closing off Doerr Road.

Bonner said road improvements to Canary and Kumry roads would be designed to improve traffic flows in that area and would be funded and completed by the Turnpike Commission.
Residents complained it was not enough.

“Noise is always a concern,” said Mary Ellen Adams of Doerr Road.

Officials said Doerr Road probably did not qualify for noise barriers, which are based on housing density along the proposed area for a wall and increased noise impact, measured in decibel levels.
Bonner said rules had changed regarding disturbing wetlands since the turnpike was completed in 1957.

Other resident concerns ranged from fire, police and medical emergency vehicle access to anticipated hikes in traffic on surrounding roads.

“I think you’re underestimating the cars,” said resident Nancy Stover. “Has anybody done a traffic count on Doerr Road?”




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