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Rostraver residents petition for dangerous intersection upgrades

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Janet Erdely delivered 17 pages of petition signatures to the Rostraver Township commissioners, seeking help to improve a dangerous intersection at Route 51 and Vernon Drive.

Erdely left Tuesday's meeting with a vow from the commissioners to work with her and other township neighbors to make that happen.

Commissioner Gary Beck commended Erdely and resident Allison Tucker, who was not in attendance, for their hard work collecting the signatures and beginning the process.

“We'd like to work with you,” Erdely said.

Erdely said drivers routinely make U-turns at the intersection. Speeding is a frequent problem, too, she said.

“Realistically, if you want people to go 50 miles per hour, you better make the speed limit 35,” Erdely said. “If I'm doing 50, I better be in the slow lane.”

Erdely said making a turn off Vernon Drive to head south on Route 51 is difficult.

Commissioner Brian Sokol said visibility is an issue at the intersection.

The commissioners agreed to work with Erdely and Tucker to recruit more residents to sign the petition. The petition will then be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Erdely said residents are encouraged to learn how they can volunteer to assist the effort by writing to vernondrsafety@gmail.com.

In other news, resident Cheryl Myers said state Department of Environmental Protection solid waste management specialist Bernie Williams took water samples at the Tervita Landfill Tuesday.

Myers claimed there is a leak in the waste site liner into the groundwater below.

In March, the DEP ordered the Calgary-based company to pay $160,000 in fines for repeated violations of off-site odors within the past two years. A group of residents last year filed a class action lawsuit in Westmoreland County Court against the company for such odors.

Myers claimed that contaminated waste from a leak at a Range Resources pit in Amwell Township is being dumped at the Rostraver Township site.

She asked for copies of monthly sanitary landfill reports issued to the township. Solicitor Al Gaudio told Myers to make a formal Right-to-Know request and specify which months reports she wants copies of and the request would be granted.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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