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Traffic studied on Savage Road

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Although members of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors are aware of speeding motorists on Savage Road, they were taken aback by the heavy volume of traffic counted during the month of March.

A traffic study, conducted by the Northampton Police Department on Savage Road between Buckingham Drive and John Road revealed 35,000 vehicles traveled the road over a 15-day stretch.

Allen officials requested the study because Savage Road is an artery for motorists accessing Route 329.

The data, made public at last Thursday's meeting of the township supervisors, will now be forwarded to state police for review and analysis.

The township does not have a police department and instead relies on state police.

The board decided a study was needed because supervisors believed some motorists had been driving in excess of 70 m.p.h.

Northampton Police Chief Ron Morey dispatched patrol Officer Dennis J. Smith to perform the traffic study. A TraxPro traffic evaluator was placed on Savage Road and activated on March 8, collecting data through March 17.

During that time, 18,349 vehicles traveled northbound and 16,651 vehicles headed southbound, creating a total of 35,000 vehicles.

Noting the speed limit is 35 m.p.h., the supervisors said 57 percent of the vehicles in both directions were found to be traveling at 46 m.p.h. or faster. Of the northbound vehicles, 43.7 were traveling 38 m.p.h. or faster and 72.4 percent of southbound vehicles were in moving at speds in excess of 36 m.p.h.

Supervisors Chairman Paul Balliet praised Northampton police for conducting the study, which they did without compensation from the township. He said the board will send a letter to the borough thanking the police for their professionism and good work.