Tell Us: Can You See This Traffic Light?

Local motorists have complained about poor visibility caused by overgrown trees near the traffic light at Friedensville and Bingen roads, on the Lower Saucon Township-Bethlehem border.

An eagle-eyed Patch reader recently pointed out that visibility for motorists approaching a busy intersection near Hellertown is being compromised by overgrown trees.

The intersection is where Bingen Road, Hickory Hill Road, Mountain Drive South and Friedensville Road meet, and the problem area is along Friedensville Road.

For northbound motorists on Friedensville, the traffic light at the crossroads is hard to see, thanks to the horizontally outstretched branches of sycamore trees planted along the southwestern edge of Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.

Friedensville Road itself forms the border between Lower Saucon Township and the City of Bethlehem, so the trees are technically in Bethlehem--but barely.

"Watch out!" Valerie Platt London wrote on Hellertown Patch's Facebook wall. "Out-of-towners keep blowing the light! The trees are so overgrown the traffic light is not visible until you are right on top of it. Watch before you cross (even if you have the green)."

Andrew Sharkman Schade agreed, commenting, "That is one of the worst intersections around. I live 5 minutes from there and with what I've seen it's a miracle more people haven't been killed there."

What do you think? Have you had any "close calls" driving through this intersection? Is it the trees' fault, or should motorists drive more defensively?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Hellertown Mom September 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM
This intersection is in dire need of left-turn arrows, especially from Mountain Drive.
Rob September 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Absolutely agree!! I was just telling my wife the other day how you can't see it till you are real close. It's def an accident waiting to happen. They should really do something about it ASAP.
Austin Kuba September 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
They should put another light on the left side of the road, similar to what they do on major roads with a lot of truck traffic blocking the view of small cars.
Golden Girl September 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The light is definitely blocked by the trees, I drive it everyday. I've also noticed cars entering the intersection from Bingen road (I believe it is Bingen Rd) and not really stopping on looking left to see whats coming down Hickory Hill before they pull out onto Freidensville. I've had to hit the brakes hard a few times now for those who have pulled out in front of me. I am also surprised there isnt more accidents and disgusted by how ignorant drivers have become.
BJR September 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
There is one on the left side in front of the house.


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