Thursday, January 11, 2007

Road Congestion in Bucks County

I have been a Realtor for 23 years. During that time, I have noticed many new residential housing developments go up in Holland, Langhorne and Richboro, for example. The main roads in and out of that area are typically Buck Road (route 532), Bridgetown Pike(Route 213), Bustleton Pike, and 2nd Street Pike (route 232). During that time those roads have remained primarily two lane roads. The population and traffic have increased exponentially, yet the roads have not been expanded. For this reason, I rarely elect to show homes to people during rush hour in these areas.

It is just too difficult to get from property to property without a lot of hassle. It is also difficult for people to get anywhere in those areas starting from after school hours around 3:30 until almost 7PM. This pattern is repeated, I am sure, in many suburban areas throughout the region. It is one reason why people fear development and protest it. Usually, however, protests do not seem to occur around residential development, but more around civic and commercial projects. All develpment projects, in my opinion, need to take into account the traffic and congestion that will be created.

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