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Ross Solicitor: Owners Promising Repairs to Johnanna Drive

Residents of the Woodhawk Club said the intersection of McKnight Road and Johnanna Drive is dangerous.

Ross Township Solicitor Bonnie Brimmeier told Ross Commissioners Tuesday that the three entities responsible for maintaining Johnanna Drive are promising to repair the entrance to the road at the intersection with McKnight Road.

The issue came to light when a Woodhawk club resident,the entrance to Johnanna Drive acts like a speed bump. (See video and Click "view larger map" for exact location) 

"Because of the poor road conditions, drivers slow down to a nearly complete stop when entering from McKnight Road," she said. "This greatly increases the chances of rear-end collisions because the cars behind you are still traveling at nearly 40 miles an hour."  

Although the road is privately owned, Brimmeier said a promise was made to fix the road. 

"There's three parties up there, the Woodhawk Club, the E-Z storage, and the Ivy Woods, which is the homeowners association for the condos that are up there," she said. "Their attorney told me the owner of Woodhawk was intending to make the repairs and then seek contributions from the other parties that are responsible and I suggested that they do it as quickly as possible."

In addition, Brimmeier said the road may not have the proper state permits.

"Ross Police Chief Robert Bellan informed me that in their investigation that they found that apparently there was never a highway occupancy permit obtained for that intersection so I will include that in my correspondence and tell them they need to pursue that and get it straightened out," she said.  "That's not our responsibility, it's PennDOT's issue first, we can certainly bring it to their attention." 

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Joe Conroy February 25, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I hope that it gets done soon--it is dangerous the way that it is now. BTW---Shouldn't the McDonalds & the car dealership have to throw in some money on this? Especially McDonalds since a ton of traffic uses that turn for McDonalds.
Paul February 25, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Just keep passing the buck.
Nancy Dorn February 25, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Wow! This is a long time coming! It delays traffic when coming off McKnight Road because you have to go over it very slow.
Scott Baret February 26, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up until now. The bad road/slowing down problem has been there since the 80s. McDonald's and Mick's aren't on Johnanna Drive; both have McKnight addresses. They predate Johnanna as we know it (even though the former has been rebuilt and the latter has changed name/ownership). Neither would be obligated to toss any money into this project.
SLR February 26, 2013 at 02:24 AM
You can't get into McDonald's without going on Johanna Drive. It's an exit only on McKnight. How can anyone look at the area and not conclude McDonald's and the car dealership should also be responsible. Glad you're looking out for the little guy Scott.

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