The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 24, 2014

County awaits signals resolution

DANVILLE – The Montour County commissioners are waiting on Valley Township before acting on a project to install a new traffic signal and to upgrade an existing signal.

Commissioner Jerry Ward said they haven’t received a resolution from the township. The county solicitor will have to study the resolution before the commissioners act on the project, Ward said at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday.

The commissioners next meet July 8.

The Valley Township supervisors, at their meeting June 11, voted in favor of the projects and said they would sign an agreement with the county stating the county will pay for electricity and for maintenance of the new signal at Route 642 west and Route 54.

Montour County already pays the electric and maintenance for the signal to be upgraded at the McDonald’s Restaurant at Route 54 and Old Valley School Road. Hotels at the Danville exit of Interstate 80 also help pay for that intersection.

Ward said the county will use state liquid fuels reimbursements for the traffic signal costs.

The federally funded projects, estimated at $1 million, are in the design phase, PennDOT officials said at the Valley Township meeting.

A contract is expected to be awarded in November. Work should begin in April with the signals operational by late summer of 2015.

The new signal was proposed because of the number of accidents from the eastbound off-ramp of I-80 to the location proposed for the signal.

PernnDOT statistics show 24 accidents occurred since 2009 in the area of the Route 54 corridor which runs from the ramp off I-80 to just south of the first Route 642 intersection where the signal is proposed.

New left-turn signals will be part of the new McDonald’s intersection traffic signal. New lights also will be installed at the intersection.

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