Traffic light to be added to Allegheny River Boulevard in Verona
A traffic light will be installed to ease snarls at Allegheny River Boulevard and Wildwood Avenue in Verona.
The project will be paid for through a $200,000 PennDOT grant. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced the grant award Monday.
“This is excellent news for the borough of Verona,” DeLuca said in an email. “Installing a traffic signal at this busy intersection will not only minimize congestion, but it will also ensure the safety of our residents who travel these busy roadways on a daily basis.”
The intersection currently has a stop sign on Wildwood Avenue and another for boulevard travelers coming into town toward South Avenue. Traffic along the boulevard in the other direction does not have to stop.
“There's traffic congestion and there's people who don't stop at the stop signs, so we have accidents and near accidents,” Borough Manager Jerry Kenna said. “There's times where people don't stop coming the other direction, and a lot of times people have a hard time on Wildwood getting out because people to the right aren't stopping.”
Kenna said a lack of funds prevented the borough from getting a traffic light at that intersection the past several years. There are traffic lights in Verona by the McDonald's in the shopping plaza and at Allegheny River Boulevard and South and Center avenues.
“We've applied for different grants for a few years now because it's very expensive,” he said. “We're going to have to have them synced together so that the traffic flows coherently. That will be done.”
Kenna did not know when the grant would arrive or the signal would be installed.