Route 309 construction puts crunch on...

Route 309 construction puts crunch on Coopersburg area

There are 53 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 2, 2009, titled Route 309 construction puts crunch on Coopersburg area. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Southbound traffic is funneled into a single lane in the Route 209 construction zone north of Coopersburg on Wednesday.

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No_Sense

Lake Forest, CA

#21 Apr 2, 2009
sorry for the typos in my last post... That's embarrassing!
Editors need new jobs

Allentown, PA

#22 Apr 2, 2009
OH MY wrote:
I'd love to know who the idiot from Penn dot is that approved starting another road project in an already limited route around this new mess.. They need to STOP this project until the Main st bridge is completed...
Just so you know the main street bridge is scheduled to be done in June and then they are going to repalce the other bridge while they are at it. So it won't be open for wuite some time.
Pillows the Space Clown

Hazleton, PA

#23 Apr 2, 2009
Editors need new jobs wrote:
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Just so you know the main street bridge is scheduled to be done in June and then they are going to repalce the other bridge while they are at it. So it won't be open for wuite some time.
The other bridge is about two years away from being worked on. That should be after the 309 work.
annoying

United States

#24 Apr 2, 2009
The most annoying part of the traffic congestion is the fools that wait until the last minute to fly up the right lane, cut off the line of hundreds that were sitting for over a half hour. Very annoying! And very, very rude. Or those that fly up the center turning lane and then cut off the line. I am waiting to see some violence on the street, it's only a matter of time.

“Carbon Neutral”

Since: May 07

Berks and Lehigh Counties

#25 Apr 2, 2009
If there were ever a need for PennDOT to offer an incentive for early completion of a project, then the Coopersburg/PA 309 project is it.

A road which has been well over capacity for many years should have been a yellow flag to PennDOT that perhaps a bypass of Coopersburg would have been a good idea, starting at Passer Road, running east of the borough, and returning to the current route somewhere south of Shelly.

Too bad the abandoned railroad tracks couldn't have been put into service for two northbound lanes for the duration of the project - they're not being used for passenger or freight service now.

Failing all this, I'd heavily promote the PA Turnpike alternative from Quakertown/663 to the Lehigh Valley exit. It's fast and would allow people an opportunity to skip Coopersburg entirely.

As for routing traffic of any kind down Main Street, anyone who has driven through town knows how narrow it is. It would be overburned (and will be once the Main Street bridge is complete) by heavy truck traffic as well as cars speeding through the borough.

Remember the old "6-P" government contract line? "Prior Planning Prevents P15S Poor Performance."
tom

Philadelphia, PA

#26 Apr 2, 2009
Why could they not wait until the bridge detour on North Main St. was eliminated before they started construction? Is there anyone at PennDot to coordinate construction projects? What a mess! So much imcompetence at the State level, reminds me of the I-78 snowstorm fisco. It all starts at the top.
UpperSauconResid ent

Philadelphia, PA

#27 Apr 2, 2009
Chamini wrote:
It took me ONE HOUR to get from the Promenade to Trumbauersville Tuesday because they decided to make both sides one lane and Main Street was closed.
Oh, boo-hoo!

Why was it so essential for you to travel to/from the Promenade Tuesday? A $17 sandwich at Melt? A $6 coffee at Starbucks?

If your time is so important to you, why don't you hire a chopper to deliver you to/from your decadence?

Boo-hoo! I need more Kleenex!

Since: Mar 09

Lansdale, PA

#28 Apr 2, 2009
Well UpperSaucon Resident, that was really uncalled for. How do you know the individual doesn't WORK at the Promenade? People have to get around.
Bethlehem_PA

Wyncote, PA

#29 Apr 2, 2009
Pitty they couldn't build a 309 bypass like they did for 611 in Doylestown..
RT Homeowner

United States

#30 Apr 2, 2009
OH MY wrote:
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You must be living in obamaland you dope.. Penn dot didn't intend on this mess??? It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what kind of traffic nightmare it would cause by working on 2 local projects at once within close proximity with NO local alternates for traffic...You don't consider Main a major artery?? You obviously don't know what your talking about..That IS the ONLY logical solution for traffic around this clusterfk ...IF Main st was open I don't think you would hear 1/2 the complaints that are going on now..
Hey wait a minute something just dawned on me ..
YOU MUST BE THE IDIOT FROM PENN DOT THAT APPOVED THIS NIGHTMARE!!!!
What I said, and you quoted, was that PENNDOT DIDN'T INTEND ON CREATING HAVOC. I never said that they didn't know that the two projects were going to interact. It is up to PennDOT and the contractors to implement the detour and alternate traffic plans. Did it go as they envisioned? NO! But that doens't mean they planned or wanted it to go that way. In the construction biz there are always obstacles to overcome...scheduling delays, weather problems, unforeseen things buried in the ground, and the contractor has to deal with it the best he can.

It was posted that route 309 and Main Street were "major arteries". Perhaps the people that use it consider Main Street as an artery, but does it carry the same volume as 309, and therefore deserve a classification as an artery? Perhaps we should comdemn the properties along it and widen it to 4 lanes, instead of widening 309!! Problem solved...this is not rocket science!!

My comment was an opinion, just as the rest of these posts. Your personal attack is in line with all of your previous posts. Obamaland? I guess you are from another country, or you no longer call it America because someone YOU DON'T AGREE WITH is running the show.

No local alternates? Funny, I've found at least 5 ways to get around the mess and I find it kind of nice to see a little countryside once in a while. Previous posts have also said that there are ways to get around all of this.

Yes, I'm the idiot at PENNDOT that "approved this nightmare"...and you are the rocket scientist that we wish we had working for us...oh, wait, it DOESN'T take a rocket scientist. You are perfect for the job....
Geri

Bethlehem, PA

#31 Apr 2, 2009
UpperSauconResident wrote:
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Oh, boo-hoo!
Why was it so essential for you to travel to/from the Promenade Tuesday? A $17 sandwich at Melt? A $6 coffee at Starbucks?
If your time is so important to you, why don't you hire a chopper to deliver you to/from your decadence?
Boo-hoo! I need more Kleenex!
Maybe he/she has a job there!
Geri

Bethlehem, PA

#32 Apr 2, 2009
weaver wrote:
Well UpperSaucon Resident, that was really uncalled for. How do you know the individual doesn't WORK at the Promenade? People have to get around.
BRAVO! My thoughts exactly.
coop

Bethlehem, PA

#33 Apr 2, 2009
Obviously none of you live on Main St and deal with all the extra traffic, and tractor trailors that shouldn't be on that road, and the accidents. I'm glad the bridge is closed.
Captain Jack

Dallas, TX

#34 Apr 2, 2009
I drive thru Coopersburg on Rte 309 everyday and it wasn't any slower the past few days, now that construction has started, then it is on any other day.

However, I agree that the planning of the two projects was pretty bad and I certainly wouldn't want to live in Coopersburg right now.
Investor

Philadelphia, PA

#35 Apr 2, 2009
I'm buying stock in Kleenex. All these cry babies their sales will go through the roof!!!
UpperSauconResid ent

Philadelphia, PA

#37 Apr 2, 2009
Stef wrote:
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Thank you!! I have been saying this since they cut one of the lanes in the beginning of March! And don;t try to take Richlandtown Pike as an alternative to get to the Bethlehem area, the bridge is closed! and thae Main St bridge as was already pointed out. Does no thought AT ALL go into these projects?!?! I am orginally from the Bthelehem area and my only way to get up there anymore is the turnpike.... I HATE PA!!!
MOVE!

If you can't handle a little disruption like this, move to the Amazon forest - there are few disruptions on the Amazon river...

Quit your whining...we won't miss you!
UpperSauconResid ent

Philadelphia, PA

#38 Apr 2, 2009
coopersburg wrote:
why would penndot and coopersburg not collaborate traffic construction plans to have prevented both major arteries to be under construction at same time speaks volumes and begs the question, where were/are coopersburg officials?
I'm assuming you're referring to traffic arteries and not body arteries that are known to be clogged by eating diner food? Is it more important to you that traffic flow freely than blood flow freely in one's body?

DINER FOOD SHOULD BE OUTLAWED AND/OR TAXED LIKE CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL.

That back road to Quakertown is a "major artery" in your mind? Have you ever been outside Coopersburg? You know, there are interstates and toll roads and superhighways that utilize more than two lanes - and definitely DO NOT HAVE one-lane bridges!
UpperSauconResid ent

Philadelphia, PA

#39 Apr 2, 2009
Resident of the coop wrote:
try living in the center of Coopersburg.. you can't even get HOME or go to the grocery store down the street because of the issues.
Have you thought of WALKING to the grocery store? If you truly live in the "center of Coopersburg" there are two BIG grocery stores within blocks of Center-City-Coopersburg. Note: Blocks - not miles.

Quit your whining and put your feet to the pavement!
UpperSauconResid ent

Philadelphia, PA

#40 Apr 2, 2009
OH MY wrote:
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You don't consider Main a major artery?? You obviously don't know what your talking about..That IS the ONLY logical solution for traffic around this clusterfk ...
What is your definition of major? If 309 handles 47,000+ cars/day, does Main St handle a similar amount? I don't think so.

Do you realize what 47,000+ cars in one day on Main Street would do to Coopersburg? It's hardly a MAJOR artery. Calm down and take that little blue pill.

And put down the beer while you're at it.
calm down USR

United States

#41 Apr 2, 2009
Upper Saucon Res ident you need to calm down, perhaps it is you that needs to take a "little blue pill"! you seem a bit angry about people's venting. Isn't that what this forums are for? There is a ton of nonsense written on here daily, if you don't like it don't read it. Maybe you need to go get some beer, maybe it'll calm you down...

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