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What Do You Think of Havertown's New Traffic Light?

Tell us how you think it will impact traffic in the area.

A set of new traffic lights is being installed at Hillcrest Avenue and Eagle Road near the location of the new Haverford-Area YMCA.

How do you think it will impact traffic there? Will you be changing your route? Tell us by commenting below.
Mike September 25, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Traffic is a nightmare already during the evening rush on Eagle. Yes, I'll change my route.
Tommy September 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM
What about all the new traffic beyond the Y? It's impossible to cross or turn on to Eagle from Maryland! How about a stop sign or two along that long route from W.C.P. to Lawrence?? Kids are not safe crossing at all on Eagle!
Sam Strike (Editor) September 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I think that's a great point, Tommy, even if the Y was not coming in. Most drivers do not stop at crosswalks, I can attest to that. It is dangerous.
Denise September 25, 2013 at 04:50 PM
I live on a side street that people use to avoid Eagle during rush hour. It won't matter much to us .
Denise Stubel September 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Eagle Road already has high traffic, and now with the YMCA it will be a nightmare! Especially since there will be two traffic lights within 300 feet of each other. This is another example of how poorly our township commissioners and manager plan for the future. All they saw was the $$ signs brought in by the Y. Also, did everyone notice that there will be a SEPTA bus route now running on Eagle Road. Of course I will change my route, I will not drive on Eagle Road if I can avoid it.
Francis Louis Currier September 26, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Which government idiot decided to put a traffic light at the intersection entrance to the YMCA? It is guaranteed to slow traffic on Eagle. Wait and see if the traffic on Eagle gets stopped in both directions while NOT ONE car is coming out of the YMCA or the street across Eagle. Way to go government morons.
alicia September 26, 2013 at 07:46 AM
I pretty much agree with the above people, I think the only time that traffic light should change is when there are cars coming out of said lot, otherwise it will back traffic up on Eagle road, during rush hour either in the am or pm its a nightmare. They really need to take all things into consideration with this new light, it is a very dangerous road, and the cross roads are not much better, like Lawrence, people just fly through the light at Eagle and Lawrence and don't even bother to stop, someone should really sit at the corner and monitor the flow of traffic. It is really bad, just putting my two cents in.
Mike September 26, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Okay everyone, get ready....Friday (27th) at 1pm the traffic light goes operational. Oh by the way, isn't the Y, nonprofit (no taxes)
John Poynton September 26, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Eagle road will be more of a nightmare than it already is since people coming from the Y that is closing in Ardmore will add to the traffic on Eagle road. We are actually thinking of moving because Havertown is becoming more congested.
Kevin Nolan September 27, 2013 at 06:52 AM
I own a building on the corner of Hillcrest and Eagle and have been watching the traffic for over a decade. Cars drive too fast down Eagle and pulling out in either direction has been Russian Roulette. I am very grateful that there is finally a light at the corner. Even this week, while the signal was only flashing the intersection became more civil. I couldn't be happier with the YMCA as my new neighbor. It is a spectacular addition to the township. Kevin Nolan
Patrick Lavin September 27, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Since Eagle Road is a state road, isn't PennDot responsible for the timing of the traffic lights? Even before this new light, Eagle Road is a parking lot in both directions every day and on weekends. The close-together lights at Eagle and Darby are the worst. The Hillcrest and Lawrence lights will be a nightmare too. Get ready for a lot more traffic Manoa and Earlington.
Ben Ailes September 27, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I would like to see speed tables/bumps installed on side streets (i.e. Hillcrest and Belvedere); Eagle Rd could benefit from a reduced speed limit as well (<30).
Veronica September 29, 2013 at 08:51 AM
I like the new traffic light, and calm down everyone, i am surenit will be triggered by car on Hillcrest or the Y. I would like a traffic light added at Eagle and Marilyn, more accidents at that intersection, and fatalities, than anywhere in Havertown the last 5 years. I agree Eagle road is busy, but let's worry about our residents and the kids, rather than all the cars zooming through our township going to and from the Blue Route.
Lili73 October 02, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I love it. Living in the neighborhood near Hillcrest I always avoided entering Eagle Road from Hillcrest to make a left turn...its impossible. Now I don't have to drive blocks out of my way to Grassland to go to Pops or 7-11. The traffic light will reduce the speeding cars and the light is only 8 seconds long when triggered by cars exiting the Y or Hillcrest so stop complaining. I am not happy to see the Septa buses though. Thank goodness they only run once an hour.
Joe October 04, 2013 at 12:08 PM
In January of 2012, my Mother was killed at the intersection of Eagle and Maryland. It would have been nice to see some sort of traffic/warning light at that intersection but, at least they painted lines on the shoulders of Eagle Rd. This new traffic light might slow the speed of traffic on Eagle, and that means even more people cutting through the neighborhoods, endangering the residents.
Big Lou October 06, 2013 at 10:37 PM
@Joe...I'm one of the motorists who do cut through the neighborhoods, BUT I drive the posted 15 and make the "free" complete stops when I arrive at those big red octagon signs. There is nothing wrong with "cutting" through the neighborhoods so long as the law is being followed. The traffic lights on Route 3 between Eagle and the Blue Route East bound need to be better timed, then maybe the neighborhood cutting would cease. :) 15 mph is better than 0 mph.
GEORGE E. BROWN, SR. October 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM
THE ADDED LIGHT WAS NOT NEEDED. TL'S ONLY CLOG UP TRAFFIC. BEING SENSER OPERATED IT CANNOT BE TIMES. THE TOWNSHIPS TRAFFIC RULES AND REG'S WERE FORM THE EARLY 1900'S. THEY UNREALISTIC TODAY. 4 WAY STOPS, 3 WAY STOP SIGN'S ON T'S ALL SLOW TRAFFIC AT ONE POINT SO IT GOES FASTER AT ANOTHER, LAW OF NATURE. I HAVE LIVED HERE SINCE '47, DRIVER LIC. SINCE '61, THE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC SINCE THEN HAS BEEN OUTTA SIGHT. I COULD GO ON FOR EVER, THE ILLEGAL USE OF SCHOOL ZONE'S AND LIGHT'S, 15 MPH SIGNS, WHEN THE MIN. POSTED SPEED ALLOWED IS 25MPH OUTSIDE OF A LEGALLY OPERATED FLASHING SCHOOL ZONE.

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