Murrysville to spend $27K more on Route 22 lights
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Murrysville officials will sink another $27,000 into the efforts to synchronize the traffic lights along Route 22.
While officials await for state Department of Transportation officials to review the paperwork from the Route 22 project, the municipality will conduct a $22,000 timing study and spend $5,000 on engineering plans to fix the years-old problem of bad timing.
“This should be a one-time deal, just timing how traffic moves through,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “Then, we can decide on how we want to move traffic.”
A traffic signal study commissioned by the municipality in June showed that traffic light systems at nine Route 22 intersections stretching from Trafford Road to Triangle Lane weren't properly grounded when installed. The electrical schematic problem attributed to the lights falling out of sync, according to the study.
Earlier this month, Morrison met with PennDOT officials to discuss the problem. While the state hasn't offered to help pay to repair the problem – traffic engineers estimate it would cost more than $24,000 to fix – PennDOT officials agree the grounding should have been done under their contract.
Since 2011, the municipality has spent about $42,000 on the lights, Morrison said. That doesn't include the timing study planned for this year, which officials hope to pay for using a grant.
Councilman Jeff Kepler, who first suggested investigating the timing issues last summer, said he was worried that the timing study would be wasted money if officials decide to replace the cameras with newer technology in the future. Morrison said the timing study still will be relevant if that happens.
During the coming months, the municipality and the state will look for strategies to control the intersections better. Since the mid-2000s, lights on that stretch of Route 22 have been controlled by traffic cameras and timers. However, some of the timers are off by as much as 27 minutes – meaning one could behave as if it were 9:30 a.m. and rush hour, while another would behave as if rush hour were over. PennDOT officials suggested using radar, rather than the cameras that are often misfired by oversized tractor trailers. Morrison said he isn't sure that's the right move.
“In 2003, cameras were the cat's meow,” Morrison said. “In 2013, it's radar. Are we buying into technology we're not going to like?”
Kepler said the current system isn't working.
“Today, we don't like the cat,” he said.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 15 spills illegally discharge sewage into Murrysville’s Turtle Creek
- Delmont to decide next month on Speedway’s future
- Grant denial might delay Heritage Trail expansion project
- Westmoreland authority: Water with chlorine odor is safe
- Charges filed in fatal Murrysville crash
- Heritage Elementary students win food bank’s ‘Turkey Cup’