Traffic signal or roundabout in Narberth?
NARBERTH Roundabout or traffic signal? That is the question that Narberth Borough Council members and Lower Merion Township commissioners are asking as they debate how to make a hazardous intersection safer.
The intersection is East Wynnewood Road and North Wynnewood Avenue. It touches parts of Narberth and Lower Merion Township but is controlled by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has the final say in what measure is used to slow down traffic.
That spot has been the scene of numerous accidents over the years, including one in December, when a 16-year-old pedestrian was injured.
Either this week or next, the Narberth Borough Council is expected to send a letter to PennDot asking it to decide in favor of a "modern roundabout," said Councilman Bob Wegbreit.
A single-lane roundabout is more effective at slowing traffic, has been endorsed by multiple traffic engineers and agencies, and has been shown to result in fewer accidents and fatalities than a signal, Wegbreit said.
Not so fast, said Liz Rogan, president of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners. Her colleagues say a traffic light is "more appropriate given the traffic patterns and the need that are going to be there."
The roundabout costs about $430,000 compared with $230,00 for a signal. But in the end, whenever that is, the goal is a safer intersection, both sides say.
- Carolyn Davis