PennDot: Stop sign coming soon to 'Corey's Corner'

A rally  on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to bring attention to “Corey’s Corner,” the intersection of Route 896 and Route 841 in Franklin Township near Kemblesvile may turn into a celebration.

The event was organized by Corey’s mother, Marie Beattie, who said her efforts to get PennDot to install a four-way stop or traffic light have been rebuffed. Her daughter was a senior at Avon Grove High when she sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash at the intersection on Oct. 2, 2010.

Lou Belmonte, PennDot’s district engineer, said the agency has not ignored pleas for improvements to the intersection. He said a safety audit was done in 2007 that resulted in the addition of transverse rumble strips. More dramatic changes are planned for Rt. 896 in three or four years, which will include eliminating a curve and possibly adding a traffic signal, he said.

In the meantime, Belmonte said PennDot contacted Franklin Township officials earlier this week to let them know that two new stop signs will be erected within the next few weeks. He said making Rt. 896 a four-way stop at Rt. 841 could cause new problems because of limited sight distance. To prevent that, a stop sign will also be installed at Den Road, about 400 feet away, to slow southbound traffic before the second sign.