The Morning Call has taken a liking to New Tripoli, at least to one small area, the intersection of State Route 309 and 143. Ever since a pickup truck smacked into Billig's antique store in September, the paper deemed the intersection newsworthy. Reporters then returned for crashes on October 19 and October 25.
Yet accidents occur there monthly and include at least one fatality! The State Police reported on the danger back in 2008. The utility company even place an empty pole there. The empty pole is designed to defer impact away from the actual utility pole. I call it the pole pawn. It did its job above.
The real story is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Like the speed limits they loathed to impose on Kistler Valley Road, when asked by Lynn Township to lower the speed at the dangerous intersection, the Department said No!
Given the rash of recent crashes there, Township and local government officials should push DOT again to revisit the issue.