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Murrysville lights will get another look

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

Murrysville motorists are one step closer to a smoother drive down Route 22.

Council on Wednesday approved a study's second phase to collect traffic data at major intersections and develop new timing plans for the signals along the busy route.

Murrysville officials met with PennDOT representatives earlier this month to discuss timing issues with the traffic lights. Officials want to find a solution that would synch the signals.

“We need to come up with a strategy to address traffic and volume on that road,” said Chief Administrator Jim Morrison.

In the second phase of the study, Pittsburgh-based Trans Associates would review traffic counts at three locations along Route 22 for a seven-day period.

Software would be used to develop new signal timing.

The cost of the timing review and engineering in the second phase, which could take up to six weeks, will be $27,000.

The municipality has applied for a grant to cover a portion of the study, but a recipient has not been announced.

The traffic signals have been malfunctioning for about a decade, Morrison said.

Over the summer, council approved the first phase of the study, which cost $9,800. That portion of the study called for the company to inspect each traffic signal for correct wiring and operation of pedestrian buttons.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or adolasinski@tribweb.com.

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