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Improve intersection

March 14, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
I find the objections of area residents of the Mill Road/Old Route 22 location for a methadone clinic to be a little confusing.

If I am correct, this will be a clinic, staffed by qualified professionals who will provide help and treatment for people addicted to a variety of drugs.

These people will have personal appointments and will not be admitted for overnight treatment.

It seems to me that people who are willing to try to cure their addiction by seeking professional help are far less of a problem to area residents than those who are in denial of their need and are living in all areas of the community.

So, just what is the problem? Is there a concern that they will ‘‘escape’’ from their appointment and break in homes in the vicinity? Is it that there will be so many clients that they will cause excessive traffic delays to area residents? Is it that increased traffic will be an real safety concern?

The Mill Road/Old Route 22 intersection already is an accident waiting to happen. It is poorly marked and is used 24/7 by R.J. Glass Coal and Sand Co. trucks, Allegheny Township Fire Department equipment, a mobile home sales lot, a busy pizza shop and people going to a row of recycle bins.

PennDOT apparently is aware of the expanding commercial use of the intersection. In the last year, it reduced the speed limit on Old Route 22 to 35 mph, which is mostly ignored.

Currently, there is only a small crossroad intersection sign to alert traffic traveling from the Cresson Mountain that there is a commercial intersection ahead before they reach the Duncansville intersection.

This intersection definitely should have a traffic or blinking light.

I have no objections to the proposed clinic. In fact, I applaud those who are trying to help unfortunate people who are looking for help to dig themselves out of the morass of drug addiction.

But having been the victim of a serious accident at the above location, I would hope that no leasing or renting of the building to anyone be considered unless steps are taken to reduce the danger to those who must use that dangerous intersection.

Eileen R. Becker

Duncansville

 
 

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