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Warning Signs Proposed for Route 30 Bottleneck

Dangerous conditions near Dunkin Donuts moves NV Twp. commission to action

By Kristen Keleschenyi
The Tube City Almanac
November 29, 2021
Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Ongoing traffic bottlenecks on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp. — near the Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts — will soon be addressed if commissioners pass a proposed ordinance approving warning signs.

“They’re [motorists] stopping to wait their turn to get into the businesses on Route 30 which is creating a substantial traffic hazard and a serious risk for motor vehicle accidents,” said township Solicitor Greg Evashavik at the November commissioners meeting.

Officials said township police had been in touch with the state Department of Transportation about the problem because Route 30 is a state road, and the township does not have the authority to put up any signage along that stretch of road. But PennDOT has agreed about the severity of the problem.

“They [PennDOT] said they don’t have any sign like that they could put up, but they said we’ll authorize you to put up the sign if you’re willing to do it,” said Evashavik. The commissioners agreed to review the proposed ordinance and the township manager will advertise it and put it up for a vote on next month’s meeting agenda.

In other business, residents of Maryland Avenue told commissioners they are concerned about the Rolling Woods apartment complex. Residents said recent problems in their neighborhood have included speeding vehicles at all hours of the night, possible drug deals and a recent car fire.

Resident Mary Jane Breitinger, who lives on Maryland Avenue, said she was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning because a car was on fire in front of her house. “They asked if they could use our hose,” she said.

Breitinger said she called the police about the fire, but doesn’t always call when there is suspicious activity.

Bringing the issues to the township commissioners after the fact isn’t the right solution, said township police Chief James Matrazzo. “If you at least call us and let us know,” he said. “We have a lot of cameras that we can track ... it’s not a bother. That’s what we get paid for.”

Kristen Keleschenyi is a freelance writer in North Versailles Twp. and one of the hosts of the Kristen & Amber Show on WMCK Internet Radio at 5 p.m. Saturdays, 9 p.m. Mondays and 4 p.m. Thursdays. She may be reached at kbishop25@hotmail.com.

Originally published November 29, 2021.

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