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East Deer may tinker with traffic signals

| Friday, July 8, 2005

The additional traffic created by Pittsburgh Mills mall shoppers may cause officials to repair traffic lights at two East Deer intersections.

After receiving a recommendation to upgrade the Freeport Road intersections with New Kensington Bridge and Third Street, commissioners said they want to see the new traffic patterns before making a decision.

The total cost would be about $8,500, and since the project isn't in this year's budget, officials are not sure whether they can proceed.

"We'll evaluate which is the most critical and do what we can," Commissioners Chairman Tony Taliani said. "We want to put the money where it will do the most good and budget the rest for next year."

In other news:

Freeport Road may be lined with six new bus stops soon courtesy of Lamar Advertising.

On Tuesday, commissioners plan to accept the Pittsburgh-based firm's proposal to build and maintain the new stops at no cost to the township.

The township will receive $700 per stop per year from Lamar.

Plans include stops along Freeport Road and Crawford Run Road, Murrayhill Road, First Street, Second Street, Bartch Street and Crystal View Drive.

Taliani said the stops may extend onto private property, but the township intends to discuss any such problems with property owners before building begins.

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