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Petition signed for traffic signal

| Thursday, March 1, 2001

With a petition in hand signed by 63 residents of Waterford Woods, Frank DeAmbrosio made his plea before Robinson Township commissioners at their last meeting.

The Waterford Woods residents said they were concerned about an increase in traffic along Waterford Drive and Route 60.

'With the new mall being built in Robinson Township and different businesses coming in, there has been an increase in traffic that is making the intersection more dangerous than it already is,' said DeAmbrosio.

As he explained, motorists making a left turn onto Route 60 from Waterford Drive must cross two lanes of traffic.

Planning Commission Chairman Rick Urbano said when he spoke with PennDOT officials, they told him the township would have to conduct a traffic study in order for the department to warrant a traffic signal.

DeAmbrosio rebutted Urbano, saying after he spoke with the same PennDOT officials, he was informed the township could use the results of a 1998 traffic study conducted before building the BP gas station at that intersection.

Other residents expressed their concern over the busy roadway.

'I can't impress upon you how important this is. At 2 p.m. if you are driving out there, you are taking your life in your hands,' said Waterford Drive resident Dick Mohenny.

'For a year now, everyone has been making excuses - especially that ... guy back there,' he added, referring to Urbano. 'This is only going to get worse - not better.'

The complaint of the residents came on the same night the commission approved stop signs be installed on Keiners Lane, where Montour High School students Brandon Chiarelli and Brian Finnegan were killed earlier last month in a car accident.

The commissioners agreed with the residents, saying time is of the essence to get the signal on Waterford Drive.

Commissioner Daniel Tallon ordered Urbano to contact PennDOT and expedite the situation. 'Whatever we need to do to get this taken care of, do it,' Tallon said.

'We don't want a fatality to happen on that intersection. I have been there, it's quite bad,' said Bill Blumling, chairman.

Treshea N. Wade can be reached at twade@tribweb.com or (412) 306-4531.

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