Nearly 50 people packed Bridgeville’s council meeting Tuesday night to express their concerns about traffic that could be coming from a proposed residential development in Upper St. Clair.
The 134-lot neighborhood planned for the Bedner's Farm estate could have entrances that feed onto Main Street and other roads in Bridgeville. The residents and borough council contend that the developer could build an alternative entrance to Bower Hill Road, although that would cost more money.
“They’re going to have their cake and eat it, too,” resident Deb Colosimo said. “(Upper St. Clair is) going to have this development, get all the tax revenue and have that road go through our town.”
About a dozen residents spoke during the meeting and asked the council to do everything in its power to stop the access roads coming through Bridgeville. A committee of residents might be formed to offer suggestions to borough officials and possibly lobby Upper St. Clair.
Cee Cee McNulty, who lives on Main Street near one of the proposed entrances, said she was pleased with the amount of people who attended the meeting. She hopes the residents, municipal officials and developer can find a way to compromise.
“It’s not so much an issue of a traffic impact, but someone is going to get hurt,” McNulty said. “This is about safety.”
Council President Nino Petrocelli Sr. said he was pleased with the interest taken by the residents and hoped it would continue as they work through the problems.
He said the developer has other options and doesn’t think Bridgeville residents should “suffer the congestion” from a new neighborhood from another township.
“We have a lot of issues with Upper St. Clair and the development to use our roads,” Petrocelli said. “We’re not against the development, by no means. But our roads are not built to add another 800 or 900 cars a day. It’s going to be an absolute disaster.”
He added that the borough wants to work with Upper St. Clair and the developer, but will exercise less desirable options such as speed bumps if they can’t find a solution.
“There are a lot of things we can do,” he said. “We have a lot of options.”