Coaldale cyclist killed in Rush Twp.

Aug 5, 2009 Full story: Times News 10

Coaldale cyclist killed in Rush Twp. LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS Rush Township police inspect the damage to a motorcycle on SR309 Monday night following an accident in which a Coaldale motorcyclist was killed.

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The Patriot

Yatesboro, PA

#1 Aug 9, 2009
I've eaten at that new Italian restaurant twice and that intersection should have been redesigned before they let that restaurant open.It's very hard to get back on 309 north or south when the traffic coming out of hometown is heavy.I saw one women who was going north and missed the intersection to the restaurant drive here car over the median strip to get into the parking lot.
Unbelievable

Frackville, PA

#2 Aug 9, 2009
So, what you're saying then is the problem is idiot drivers.
Whiff Taggartsville

Tamaqua, PA

#3 Aug 9, 2009
Idiot drivers and the fact that any number of cars could pull out of the parking lot all at different spots going north or south is a combination for disaster.
While waiting on 309 to turn left onto UPS road I watched a car parked on the north side of the lot leave to go south and another on the south side leave to go north and they almost met head in right lane by the restaurant. The one was looking north and the other south while each were pulling out. I had to lay on the horn so they could see each other. I can only imagine what happens when 4 or 5 cars are leaving together, plus existing traffic, plus someone trying to make a turn off 309. WOW!
Tamaqua Bob

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 10, 2009
Yes that stretch of 309 is dangerous but it isn't easy for municipalities to change a route unless their is a change in zoning for a property. It was a resteraunt at one time therefore forcing it to changer before re-opening may not have been easy. Now it will take an act of PennDOT to get it changed. Be safe all.
ImTiredOf_It

Brodheadsville, PA

#5 Aug 10, 2009
Instead of calling names and blaming, can't we figure out something that can be done that will make the situation safer for the innocent drivers and not harm the new business owner?
I'm so sorry the young guy lost his life, and can only imagine what the family is going through.
Unbelievable

Frackville, PA

#6 Aug 15, 2009
Because 309 is a state highway, any changes would have to be approved by PennDot. PennDot isn't going to be interested in making any changes, unless someone else will be paying for it. The township supervisors can't even afford to hire a police chief, so they sure as heck won't be interested in paying for any changes. So, that leaves the restaurant owners, who can't make any changes without PennDot approval, even IF they could afford them. Maybe the owners could add planters or the type of cement parking space markers found in some malls that would restrict access. But, they'd have to be back far enough from the highway so PennDot doesn't have to approve and I'm sure some motorists will ignore them.
darker

Sparta, NJ

#7 Aug 16, 2009
that intersection is beyond beleif. i head about this accident a few days ago and i couldnt beleive it.. my sister was hit by a car in the same general area a little over a week ago... something needs to be done. i dont live there but my other 2 sisters do.
Adam

Whitehall, PA

#8 Aug 16, 2009
Planters... just use spike strips I am sure people won't cut into or out of the parking lot then haha

I told my wife while eating there and watching a accident clean up right outside the restaurant weeks before this one happened that it was only a matter of time and voila. Hopefully nobody else has to die but like the previous poster said between PennDOT and money who knows how long it'll be unless Basille's does something
ex hiller in nj

United States

#9 Aug 16, 2009
thats why in jersey they have jersey barriers to keep you from making a left turn across traffic . in the future as pa's roads get busier and more built up with business's along once rural areas you too will have to make aright turn to make a u turn or go left. there will be no crossing a divided highway in front of other traffic.hope the young darker girl recuperates
The Patriot

Mercer, PA

#10 Aug 16, 2009
ex hiller in nj wrote:
thats why in jersey they have jersey barriers to keep you from making a left turn across traffic . in the future as pa's roads get busier and more built up with business's along once rural areas you too will have to make aright turn to make a u turn or go left. there will be no crossing a divided highway in front of other traffic.hope the young darker girl recuperates
This is PA. we'll catch up in about 20 years.I like that restaurant and don't want it closed and I doubt pendot could close it now if they wanted to.But a pendot engineer would only need 10 minutes to see the problem.Try a wed. when the farmers market is open.

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