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Parking May Be Restricted Near 'Intersection of Concern'

On Jan. 17, Hellertown police chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council that a recent traffic accident at an unusual borough intersection has highlighted the possible need for further restrictions on parking in the area.

A recent accident at the intersection of Durham Street, Penn Street and Delaware Avenue in Hellertown has highlighted the need for a review of traffic safety in that area, police chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Jan. 17.

The intersection, which is just east of , "is not a normal intersection," Shupp explained.

Unlike most local intersections it has five points of entry, and visibility at those points can be poor, Shupp said.

He told council that during a visit to the intersection following the accident, he observed that he did not have a clear sight path for oncoming traffic.

Shupp said that cars parked on the street were obstructing the sight path, and that he is proposing expanding a "No Parking" area in order to improve visibility for motorists.

"This has been an intersection of concern for some time," he said, adding that he wants council to consider approving the change.

Council members agreed to consider adopting an ordinance that would further restrict parking near the intersection, and council solicitor Michael Corriere was tasked with taking the steps necessary to begin a draft ordinance for council's review.

Councilman Tom Rieger also requested that residents who live near the intersection be notified that the subject will be on council's next meeting agenda.

Council's next meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at 7pm in .

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