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Council weighs South Main Street traffic signals

| Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003

Directional signs on Main Street in Zelienople will have to wait, but a new glow soon will be seen on South Main Street.

The borough realigned the lanes of Main Street last year to make a left-turn lane for people traveling north on Main and turning left onto Culvert Street and Beaver Street.

Council members, however, were concerned that motorists who were unaware of the change were causing a hazard by switching lanes quickly when they saw the pavement markings. Council members wanted to hang a sign from an overhead cable that would alert drivers of the upcoming left-turn lane.

PennDOT has responded that the sign will not be allowed until arrows are painted on the streets, something that must wait for warmer weather. And when the signs are placed overhead, PennDOT wants them to be mounted on poles rather than hung from a cable.

Finally, borough manager Marla Marcinko said, PennDOT officials might require that flashing yellow warning signals on Spring and Culvert streets be replaced because the existing lights do not meet PennDOT standards. The cost of replacing those two signals is about $30,000, Marcinko said.

Council members have not decided about replacing those lights but did elect last week to place a new street light on Main Street, near Hockenberger Motors, to illuminate the road lanes and possibly allow motorists an earlier look at the lane configuration.

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