Lansdale Opposes Renaming of PA Turnpike Exit

Lansdale Borough Council will lobby Harrisburg to prevent a proposed name change by Towamencin Township of the Lansdale Pennsylvania Turnpike exit from Lansdale to Kulpsville

Towamencin Township Supervisors plan to ask the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to change the name of the Lansdale interchange of Interstate 476 to Kulpsville.

Lansdale Borough says not so fast.

According to The Reporter Online, Towamencin Township Supervisors Chairman Dan Littley said supervisors expect the PTC to agree with the request and revert the name back to Kulpsville as it was up until the late 1970s.

Littley was quoted in The Reporter as such:

“Too many officials come to this community and welcome everyone to Lansdale. We are not Lansdale.”

At the June 20 Lansdale Borough Council meeting, councilman Jack Hansen proposed a vote for the borough to lobby Harrisburg to prevent the name change.

Council then voted unanimously to do just that.

"Lansdale is becoming a destination. We are in the middle of revitalization. People know where Lansdale is because they see it on the map with the interchange of the turnpike," Hansen said. "I move that borough council and the borough manager lobby our representatives in Harrisburg to maintain the name of Lansdale."

The motion was seconded by councilman Dan Dunigan.

"Why not?" he said. 

Council President Matt West liked the idea proposed by Hansen. 

"I fully support that," West said.

Littley said he had no comment until he sees Lansdale's resolution.

Kim June 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Roadsigns are supposed to help people find their destinations. If most people leaving the turnpike there are headed to Lansdale, then the exit's current designation is communicating what it needs to communicate. And if the half dozen people in Kulpsville have a problem with that, I'd say Lansdale challenge them to a friendly game of tug of war.
Scott Savett June 29, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Following this rationale, the Norristown exit of the PA Turnpike (exit 333) should be renamed "Plymouth Meeting." Would the residents of Norristown, the county seat, be in favor of that?
Melanie Kennedy June 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Why not name it Kulpsville/Lansdale?
Big Jimmy June 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Leave it as Lansdale. The drug dealers will get confused if the name is changed.
Craig June 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I love that the author of this article lives, "on the Lansdale-Towamencin border". So which is it really, Lansdale or Towamencin? This matters just about as much as the issue at hand. As a resident of Towamencin, whose zip code is Lansdale and post office is in Kulpsville, I'm so glad our tax dollars are being spent on such important issues like the name of the turnpike exit.
Steven Long June 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I live in Montgomeryville, but have a Lansdale mailing address. Too many deliveries are sent to the Lansdale exit of the Turnpike ... 35 minutes from my house. It's a misnomer ... like saying the Montgomery Mall is in North Wales. PEOPLE ... Kulpsville and Towamencin are NOT in Lansdale ... neither is Montgomeryville ... rather ... their mail goes through Lansdale. Hey, why not change / rename the Fort Washington exit to Lansdale ... it will surely confuse everyone else! It seem as though Lansdale Boro has nothing better to do than to argue the merits of another Municipality. It would be like Lansdale trying to compel Mayor Nutter to change the name of a Philadelphia Bridge. As for Lansdale being a destination ... SURELY they jest! Destination for WHAT? Theoretically ... any place is a destination!
patchifier June 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
This is about as classic a local squabble as it gets, but I think Lansdale has the lead on this. Not only does it already have the name, but Turnpike exits are commonly named after the largest nearby town, not wherever the exit actually happens to be (which is sometimes large itself, just not the biggest around).
Sean Sherman June 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Just add relevant townnames to the sign! Lansdale, Towamencin, Kulpsville
Andrew J. Hipszer June 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Why not call it North Penn and be done with it? No confusion there.
Karen June 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I say incorporate the Towamencin/Kulpsville names along with the name Lansdale on the same sign. In all actuality the turnpike exit IS NOT in Lansdale anyhow. It never should have been changed.
Chef Paulo June 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
The change may have been for the pragmatic reason that Lansdale was an expanding suburban municipality and Kulpsville ,well, was not. I'm 60 and I don't ever recall it being called Kulpsville. For that matter, it technically should have been called Mainland. Renaming would really confuse the generation who was born and learned to drive since the change. For that matter, why not rename the whole system "The New Sweden Turnpike," or else just let sleeping towns lie?
Robert Willi July 01, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I like Andrews idea of just naming it the North Penn exit. That way everyone is included.
joei54 July 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Why change something that isn't broken? It will cost money to make any kind of change. Fix the roads the signs are fine. In some place on the Turnpike you can't even see the signs they are covered with tree limbs.
Bethany Gross July 01, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Why in the world is this Evan an issue? Everyone knows this as the Lansdale exit. Why cause confusion? Please, please, PLEASE don't call it North Penn. I work in the area and deal with a lot of outside truck drivers. I'm constantly being asked if North Penn is a direction (the opposite of South Penn). I am constantly explaining that North Penn is the area not the direction, lolol.
Joe Radcliff July 02, 2012 at 04:05 AM
The name of the exit is not always the 'largest town' nearby. Case in point, the Mahoning Valley exit. It references the Mahoning Creek, which isn't exactly accurate since it also includes the Lehigh River valley and the Pohopoco Creek valley. Same holds true for the Pocono exit. So why not change the Lansdale exit to Towamencin? It only matters if someone cares.
Redonk July 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Quakertown should be the Milford Exit
Daniel Anderson August 14, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Since the turnpike exit has always been known as the Lansdale exit, changing the name to anything else would be confusing to travellers. If this is an issue with residents, I suggest adding both ‘Towamencin’ and ‘Kulpsville’ to the existing sign. The addition would give more information instead of causing confusion by taking ‘Lansdale’ down. That is sure to please everyone.
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