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Murrysville takes first step toward realignment of traffic-laden intersection

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Above, the area where Sardis Road, Logan's Ferry Road, Franklintowne Court and Old William Penn Highway come together, just north of Route 22 in Murrysville. A combination of traffic lights at Route 22 and Old William Penn, and the general layout of the area's roads, causes regular traffic backups.
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Above, the area where Sardis Road, Logan's Ferry Road, Franklintowne Court and Old William Penn Highway come together, just north of Route 22 in Murrysville. A combination of traffic lights at Route 22 and Old William Penn, and the general layout of the area's roads, causes regular traffic backups.

Murrysville council is seeking ways to improve a well-traveled area where heavy traffic is not unusual.

Council will hire a consultant to do a planning study of the Logan's Ferry Road/Sardis Road intersection.

Strictly speaking, Logan's Ferry ends at Franklintowne Court, which in turn ends at Sardis Road. But with Logan's Ferry Road carrying commuters between the Route 22 corridor and Murrysville's western neighborhoods, and Sardis serving as the municipality's primary north-south route, peak travel times typically find the intersection crammed with cars.

“There are some key locations along there,” Chief Administrator Jim Morrison told council members. “The Logan's Ferry bridge is not in the greatest shape, nor is the Heather Highlands bridge. So we're trying to get roll that all in and look at the alternatives to get free flow of traffic through the Sardis-Logan's Ferry and the Sardis-Old William Penn intersections.”

The area topped a municipal committee's list of areas for potential road improvements.

Morrison said he anticipates the planning study will be complete by early 2018. As part of Murrysville's 2017-2021 capital improvement plan, $1.5 million was earmarked for the project. Funding is expected to come from traffic impact fees, assessed on new developments based on their projected impact on municipal traffic.

Murrysville has about $1 million in funds from traffic impact fees, according to finance director Diane Heming.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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