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Letter to 'Road Warrior' Prompts New Traffic Lights

Upper Milford Resident’s Letter to Morning Call columnist motivates Upper Milford Board of Supervisors to approve a new traffic light at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Ramer Road/Colebrook Avenue.

The approved a traffic signal upgrade for the intersection of Chestnut Street and Ramer Road/Colebrook Avenue at the board’s June 21 meeting.

The decision by the board was prompted, in part, by a letter from Upper Milford resident Geoff Conklin written to a Morning Call columnist known as the Road Warrior. In that letter, Conklin expressed his opinion that intersection needs larger, brighter traffic lights.

Another Upper Milford resident came out to the June 21 mentioning the Road Warrior column and supporting Conklin’s views about the need for more visible traffic lights at the intersection.

Is there an road somewhere in Emmaus Patch that you think someone should take a look at?

Joel Kleckner, of 4002 Miller Ave., said that he has lived near that intersection for almost 50 years and seen his share of traffic accidents caused by people blowing through the traffic light at Colebrook Avenue.

“My neighbor was T-boned by an out-of-state driver that didn’t see the light,” Kleckner said.

Township manager Dan DeLong told the Supervisors that he had asked a PennDOT official to take a look at the intersection after the Morning Call article. DeLong said he was told by PennDOT that by current standards, the 8-inch traffic signals at that intersection are indeed inadequate.

If the road were constructed today, it would have 12-inch signals, DeLong said.

The cost of the new traffic signal is $7,514.54, and that includes a plug-in generator that will keep the light running in the event of a power failure, DeLong explained. “We have half of the money in the budget to take care of it,” he said. “All of the existing support poles will remain intact.”

Sue Adams July 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Good for Upper Milford! Emmaus needs to take a look at the light at Chestnut and Cedar Crest. It is very difficult and dangerous when coming out of the Weis Market and wanting to make a left at the traffic light onto Chestnut Street. The traffic coming from Cedar Crest is always very heavy and I have actually had to wait through one whole traffic light and into the next before being able to turn safely. And the guy behind me was not very happy. He actually tried to go around me on my right and make the left turn with me. So when I say safely - I'm using the term pretty loosely. I believe this has been a problem area for quite sometime and I would highly encourage Emmaus to take a look into having a light installed with turning arrows at this intersection.
AnnaMarie Zeravsky July 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Wasn't it the June 21st meeting?
Jennifer Marangos July 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Thanks for your very accurate comment AnnaMarie. You are indeed correct, it was at the June 21 meeting. The article has been updated to reflect the right meeting date.
tamarya July 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Like I posted on facebook the shimerville light also would be a good one to alternate on 29 like the side roads. Will avoid any collisions from people making lefts and may also help with the back up of traffice, because once so many cars are lined up to make lefts traffic is not going anywhere because there is no room to go around. But then if people would stop going around when both people from both directions were making lefts and you could turn that would help alot also.

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