CRANBERRY TWP — A township program aimed at reminding drivers to be alert of both their speed and surroundings is ready to kick off.
The speed awareness campaign is conducted each spring and fall in residential neighborhoods throughout the township. Yard signs, speed trailers and traffic counters are used in conjunction with increased police patrols to slow motorists down as they travel through the heavily populated portions of the township. It aims to raise awareness of the township's 25 mph residential speed limits.
Last year, 31 neighborhoods took part — a number that increased to 44 this summer. Sgt. Chuck Mascellino of the township police department said the growth of the program is good to see, as is the continued participation of many of the neighborhoods.
The initiative is similar to the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Foundation campaign. The local program was adapted and implemented by the Cranberry Township Homeowners Association Forum.
The campaign will run from June 7 to 21 and again from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 — at both the end and beginning of the school year in the Seneca Valley School District.
Yard signs will be available for pickup starting May 29. Radar speed signs will be rotated among the participating neighborhoods.
Mascellino said all participating neighborhoods will see an increased presence, and those developments with roads that serve as cut-throughs for traffic from major roads will be a focus.
Neighborhoods signed up for the 2019 campaign include Autumn Hill, Clearbrook, BellevuePark, Blue Ridge, Bristol Creek, Clearbrook, Cranberry Heights, Cranberry West, Crystal Springs, Deer Run Condominiums, Ehrman Farms, Franklin Crossing, Freedom Woods, Glen Eden, Glenbrook Manor, Grandshire, Havenwood, Hazelwood Farms, Highland Village, Hunters Creek, Kingsbrook, Marshall Heights, Marshall Woods, Mystic Ridge, Orchard Park, Park Place, Pinehurst, Preserve, Scenic Ridge, Settler's Gove, Shadow Creek, Spring Meadows, Stonefield/Farmview, The Crossings, The Glen at Woodside, Timberline, Winchester Farms, Winchester Lakes, Woodbine Estates and Woodlands.
The cost of the program is paid for by the Cranberry Township Community Chest, RJ Development Company, Cranberry Community Management Company and the township government.