Case Study of an Unsafe Street

Street Road, a thoroughfare cutting through the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, is a public safety disaster. PennDOT is investing in safety along the road, but locals say much more needs to be done.

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January 30, 2017, 6:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Jason Lauglin reports on the conditions of Street Road in Philadelphia, but the premise of the article builds on its ubiquity around the country:

Where you live it’s called something else, but you’ve driven these miles of mismatched commerce -- Kohls, Kmart, and Golden Corral sharing a streetscape with motels, churches, and family businesses ensconced in old converted houses.

Laughlin reports that Street Road is also particularly unsafe: "Of the 50 locations in the five-county region with the highest concentration of car crashes in 2015, four were on the stretch of Street Road in Bensalem bracketed by I-95 and Route 1."

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has invested $3.8 million in Street Road since 2015, but none of those changes meet the recommendations of a 2008 report from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission [pdf].

The article digs into the history of Street Road and the characteristics that make it particularly unsafe.

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