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Officials say strobe might help to prevent crashes at Route 65 intersection in Sewickley

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Sewickley Council member wants to see a safer intersection at Route 65 and Chestnut Street.

Drivers looking to cross Route 65 at Chestnut Street sometimes encounter motorists heading northbound who don't see the traffic light at Chestnut, but instead are looking at a light at the intersection of Route 65 and the Sewickley Bridge, Councilman Bill Cornman said.

“Neighbors are concerned about moving across the road,” he said. “There are accidents there all of the time.

“They're not seeing the light. They're looking at the light at the bridge.”

He wants to see a strobe light added to the traffic light.

“That really does get people's attention, Cornman said, noting a strobe inside a traffic light near the Airside Business Park along Business 376 in Moon.

Other council members said they, too, have seen crashes stemming from motorists driving through a red light at Route 65 and Chestnut Street.

Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said he would talk with PennDOT officials, who approve such projects.

Flannery said the borough would need to submit an application to have PennDOT leaders consider adding a strobe light.

In addition, a traffic study could be necessary, Flannery said.

In the interim, borough leaders said they would work to make a better line of sight for drivers.

Council President Bob Hague said Chestnut Street near the Sewickley Car Store is limited to one lane for all traffic and does not allow for a turning lane despite drivers using it as such.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or

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