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!