East Torresdale discusses needed modifications to the traffic patterns

State Road is not on the of­fi­cial In­ter­state 95 Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change de­tour route, but mo­tor­ists have chosen it as one of their fa­vor­ite al­tern­at­ives to the con­struc­tion-clogged high­way.

The East Tor­res­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation is try­ing to per­suade the Phil­adelphia Streets De­part­ment to make some changes to ac­com­mod­ate the ex­tra State Road traffic while high­way con­struc­tion con­tin­ues.

Dur­ing the ETCA’s monthly meet­ing on June 10, mem­bers re­por­ted that the Streets De­part­ment has denied their re­quest to con­vert the two-lane road in­to four lanes north of Linden Av­en­ue. The ad­just­ment would re­quire re­mov­ing bi­cycle lanes and re-paint­ing the vehicle lanes. The civic group also has sug­ges­ted chan­ging the traffic light pat­terns to al­low south­bound vehicles to travel con­tinu­ously through the neigh­bor­hood without hav­ing to stop at Linden Av­en­ue.

No modi­fic­a­tions to the traffic pat­terns have been con­firmed.

In un­re­lated busi­ness, two phar­macists an­nounced the re­cent open­ing of the new Delaire Phar­macy at 9456 State Road. Pro­pri­et­or Barry Jac­obs said that the phar­macy wants to de­vel­op per­son­al re­la­tion­ships with cus­tom­ers in the neigh­bor­hood to bet­ter man­age their pre­scrip­tions and help them find cost sav­ings. The phar­macy is open six days a week and of­fers de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Su­z­anne Garber, an Amer­ic­an Red Cross dis­aster vo­lun­teer and board mem­ber, re­com­men­ded that res­id­ents use her or­gan­iz­a­tion’s free smart­phone ap­plic­a­tions for first aid and for dis­aster pre­pared­ness. 

Six ap­plic­a­tions are avail­able for iPhone users via iTunes. Non-Apple users should search their device’s ap­plic­a­tion store for avail­ab­il­ity. •• 

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