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Plan aims to ease traffic woes in O'Hara

Tawnya Panizzi
| Sunday, March 16, 2008

Motorists who frequent the O'Hara GetGo for a cup of joe or tank of gas will likely be relieved to hear that the accompanying traffic tangles should be smoother by summer.

Council has submitted to PennDOT designs for upgrades to the intersection of Fox Chapel and Freeport roads.

Cost of the work is not yet determined.

The project will add a third lane to Fox Chapel Road, from the Route 28 off-ramp to the traffic signal at Freeport Road.

"We will have one lane each designated for left, straight and right," said Township Engineer Chuck Steinert. "It should help ease the congestion there at GetGo."

Work has been some time in the making. Plans were negotiated as part of the GetGo construction, which kicked off in fall 2006.

There currently are two lanes to accommodate a heavy load of traffic that can either cross onto Old Freeport Road, or, turn left or right onto Freeport Road.

Tie-ups are common at the intersection because of the current, limited capacity.

Steinert was not clear about the number of additional vehicles added to the road since GetGo opened last summer. He said that GetGo officials agreed to install a traffic signal at Waterworks Drive and Freeport Road to assist with traffic congestion.

The Fox Chapel Road expansion project is expected to be under construction by summer. Motorists who travel farther along Fox Chapel Road can expect big changes for the intersection at Delafield Road as well.

That project, however, still is in the design phase.

"We trying to come up with the best plan," Steinert said.

Costs and time frames were not yet available.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer with The Herald in Aspinwall.

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