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April 3, 2014

Clearfield Township awaits state action on speed limit

PATTON — Clearfield Township supervisors are waiting on a state recommendation to reduce the speed limit on Carl Road to 35 mph.

Supervisors reported complaints from concerned families who recently moved to the area.

The previous speed limit was a state-default 55 mph.

“It’s a young neighborhood,” said Joseph Vescovi, vice chairman of the supervisors.

The speed limit study was performed by Keller Engineers, according to township of­ficials.

Also, a state study was ordered for Glendale Lake Road, on the portion of road just past Cambria Heights Senior High School, from the Bender Road intersection through the Preloh Hill curves.

“The other study on the state road was done because a lot of ag dealers and ag farmers (are) pulling wagons and stuff,” Vescovi said. “They have their tractors and wagons and, sometimes, hay bales and such – you can’t get out there.

“It’s a slow-moving vehicle. If someone comes around there at 55 miles an hour ...”

Vescovi said that with a state-conducted study on file, police have grounds to enforce the area.

The study is expected to be returned within six weeks, according to township Secretary Lynne Thomas.

“They run the roads five times with the odometer covered,” Thomas said.

“(Then) they’ll sit with radar and see the actual speed that people drive the road and they’ll determine the safe speed from that.”

An ordinance establishing the new speed limit is expected once the state study has been returned.

Justin Dennis covers Clearfield Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/JustinDennis.

 

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