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West Elizabeth resident says ramp repairs increase traffic woes

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 3:26 a.m.

Traffic concerns linger in West Elizabeth, where residents say PennDOT's ongoing ramp repairs on the Elizabeth Bridge have resulted in dangerous driving in the borough.

Borough officials said at Wednesday's council meeting that recently posted signs have not prevented some motorists from making U-turns on Route 837 to avoid long detours.

Resident Ken Kubler said the interchange was dangerous before ramp work began, and “odds are it will go from dangerous to deadly” when the project is complete.

“It's just a matter of time” before there is a traffic disaster, Kubler said.

John Snelson, police officer in charge for West Elizabeth and Elizabeth, said his department will step up patrols in the area and that he will contact neighboring departments to see if a radar speed sign is available for the problematic traffic zone.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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