By Jonathan Weaver
A nearly quarter-of-a-million dollar cost and lack of community concern caused Manor Township supervisors to unanimously vote against a request for a new traffic signal.
Last month, three residents requested supervisors consider a traffic signal at the Fairground Road intersection with Route 66.
According to Township Secretary Jill Davis, PennDOT District 10 Traffic Engineer Dave Tomaswick estimated the light installation would cost about $250,000, and wasn’t sure if a traffic study would even warrant a traffic signal at that location.
If a traffic study was warranted, Manor Township residents would be responsible for installation and charges of the traffic signal.
Supervisor Paul Rearick motioned supervisors do not approve the study, to which Pat Fabian agreed.
“There haven’t been a lot of accidents there – I can’t think of a fatal accident there at all – and for many years, that intersection has been that way,” Rearick said.
“I don’t see a great need or want there at this time,” Fabian added.
The women presented a petition signed by more than 100 people – including an active state police trooper – but addresses to the residents were not provided to ensure their local ties.
Terrace Avenue Resident Larry Cecchi opposed the request and suggested there would be more rear-end accidents due to the grade of the roadway.
The petitioning residents knew Kittanning resident Georgia Cornman – who died at a fatal car accident at the Riverside Intersection – which is about a half-mile from the Fairground Road intersection – while trying to make a left-hand turn onto Route 128 to drive into downtown Ford City.
A 2012 traffic study at the Riverside Intersection traffic signal – which Manor Township helps pay for with Ford City Borough – after the fatal traffic accident determined that the existing traffic signal timing meets the required design criteria, providing a four-second yellow and a three-second all-red time for a total of seven seconds clearance time for motorists.
A new traffic signal in Manor Township will be added near the Buffington Road intersection to ease traffic toward the new Armstrong Junior-Senior High School.