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Township Traffic Equipment Upgrades Due Soon

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Six intersections in Lower Pottsgrove are due to receive a high-value investment in coming weeks, made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the form of traffic signal and related equipment upgrades. A majority will include the ability to allow ambulances and fire truck drivers to automatically control signal light changes during emergency situations.

The list of affected locations was presented Monday (Feb. 5, 2018) to the township Board of Commissioners by Public Works Director John Fogel. He reported PennDOT’s contractor for the work, Lenni Electric Corp. of West Chester, may start the project before the month ends.

Due to receive upgrades are the corners of:

  • East High Street at Sunnybrook Road,
  • East High and Pleasant View Road,
  • Armand Hammer Boulevard at Medical Drive,
  • East High at Heritage Drive,
  • Industrial Highway at Moser Road, and
  • the entrance and exit drives to the Home Depot plaza on Armand Hammer.

Of the six, five (all except Industrial Highway and Moser) will be outfitted for what is known as “preemption,” the ability for emergency vehicle operators to control a traffic light before and as they roll through it. It is intended to forewarn drivers of the coming vehicles, and help prevent intersection accidents.

Some but not all also are expected to receive new pole installations, battery back-up power supplies for when electricity fails, new controllers, fiber connections or other new wiring, pavement markings and signs, and disability-friendly pedestrian ramps.

Fogel’s list did not include work being done separately as part of other projects, such as traffic controls on Armand Hammer Boulevard at Industrial Highway, and at the nearby U.S. Route 422 ramps; or along the new bicycle trail across Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown stretching from Industrial Highway to College Drive.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 5 meeting):

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