1-Lane, 1-Way Road Approved for Media's 3rd Street Project
Media Borough Council voted Thursday 4-3 in favor of a 28-foot wide roadway with one lane of traffic, one-way into the borough over the 3rd Street dam.
Following a heated discussion and confusion over how the 3rd Street Project was to immediately move forward Media Borough Council approved 4-3 a one-lane, one-way roadway across the 3rd Street dam.
Council members Dawn Roe, Monika Rehoric and Paul Robinson voted against the motion after another motion to table the issue was also voted down.
Council voted to communicate its design parameters to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of a 28-foot wide, one-lane roadway, going one-way into the borough, with shoulders on both sides, a buffer and a landscape architect to be engaged.
Roe and Rehoric seemed shocked that the proposal of a one-lane, one-way roadway was made at Thursday's council meeting saying they were both under the impression that Thursday's motion would only be on the width of the roadway, which the majority of council was in agreement was to be 28-feet.
Robinson said it was still unclear what a 28-foot wide roadway could accommodate as far as the number of lanes and wanted clarification on that question, which could not be answered by the borough engineer, before moving forward.
Rehoric and Roe both questioned why they were voting on the number of lanes now when at the council workshop meeting it was determined they would be moving forward with the width of the roadway only. PennDOT needs the roadway width at this time in order to move forward but did not need the use of the roadway to be determined at this time, Rehoric said.
"We never discussed, one-lane, one way, we only discussed the width of the roadway and we were going to consider, at a later time, what the use would be," Rehoric said. "I never would have supported one-lane, one-way."
Roe said a lot of discussion was still needed, from the public and council, on the use of the roadway.
Roe called the vote "insanely irresponsible" and defiant to the three-way stipulation agreement that is in place with Delaware County and Broomall's Lake. She said the spirit of that agreement was nothing other than a two-lane, two-way roadway.
"I think this motion is insanely irresponsible. I think it makes us irresponsible neighbors. I think it makes us irresponsible leaders. ...It is defiant and obnoxious. It's just insane to me that we're voting on this right now," Roe said.
Council President Brian Hall and Councilman Kent Davidson disagreed with Roe and Rehoric saying the one-lane, one-way was discussed at the workshop meeting (whether it was discussed at July or August's workshop meeting was unclear).
At the July workshop meeting, which Media Patch attended, council did decide that the engineer was to determine the desired width of the roadway. The number of lanes on the roadway was part of the discussion but was not decided at the July workshop meeting. According to the Delaware County Daily Times, at the August workshop meeting, council determined that they would move on the 28-foot width at Thursday's legislative meeting.
Councilman Dr. Eric Stein said he wants the project to move forward and disagreed that the three-way stipulation states what "type" of roadway needs to go across the dam.
Hall agreed with Stein saying the stipulation states the roadway needs to be "re-established" as an open thoroughfare for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
"...Re-establish does not mean that things go back the same way," Hall said. "It just means that you bring something into being again."
Hall said he is interpreting the stipulation document as best he can and it does not state how many lanes of traffic the roadway must be or if it should be one or two way.
Prior to council's discussion, a few residents spoke in favor of a two-lane, two-way roadway.
Media resident Tina Mason said she and several other borough residents were not aware that the number of lanes was still a discussion, believing that council's vote in May to replace the dam also determined the roadway would be two lanes.
Mason said she created a petition asking for two lanes of traffic and said she and many residents have been "silent too long."
The petition had about 40 signatures, she said, after she and another resident knocked on doors for just two days. All Things Media, Pa Blog also announced the petition Wednesday.
Representatives of the Friends of Glen Providence Park, who are in favor of a minimal impact to the park, were in attendance at the Thursday's meeting but did not speak on the matter.