Letters to the Editor

Traffic help is on the way

To the Editor:

Safer pedestrian crossings are coming to several major intersections in the borough soon.

As reported previously in the Swarthmorean, the borough has received a grant from PennDOT to implement traffic calming at the intersections of Yale & Rutgers avenues (the subject of many recent letters to the editor); Yale & Harvard avenues; and Harvard Avenue and South Chester Road.

Traffic calming techniques to be used at these intersections include bump-outs and crosswalks with lights that will flash upon activation by a pedestrian. Construction on the traffic calming should be complete in 2017.

Since it normally takes several years from the awarding of a grant to the completion of the work, borough residents likely have forgotten that these improvements are planned and will help ensure their safety as pedestrians.

Virginia Thompson
Swarthmore

 

Re: Yale Avenue

To the Editor:

While I have read with interest the suggestions for improving matters for pedestrians trying to cross Yale Avenue, I am dismayed by one or two remarks that have encouraged that traffic be diverted onto Michigan Avenue.

Michigan Avenue also has a posted speed limit of 25 mph and is lined with homes on both sides of the street (which is little observed). True, it is not used by pedestrians as much as Yale, but residents must enter and leave their driveways, and their children ride bikes. Only the Swarthmore side has sidewalks. It, also, is not designed as a major thoroughfare.

MacDade Blvd. does not enter into it at all if one is trying to get to Baltimore Pike, at least not if you need to go to any business between Chester Road and 420.

Heather Jorgensen
Swarthmore

 

Think globally, act locally

To the Editor:

This morning, as I was walking, I saw that Henderson Field had been mown flat and all the clippings were being blown by a powered blower.

I stopped to watch and the blower stopped to greet me. As I suspected he had a family to feed. I returned his greeting with a smile, and he returned to his blowing.

But, as I was leaving, I noticed that his power mower was idling, so I returned to remind him of that fact and, perhaps, to discuss the fate of our coastal cities.

I said, “Your mower is idling. Would you rather it not be?” He did not seem to understand what I was getting at, so I continued my walk home to write this letter.

John Brodsky
Swarthmore

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