Starting Wednesday, motorists on Route 19 in Cranberry will no longer be able to make left turns onto Glen Eden or North Boundary roads without a green arrow to guide them.
Prior to Aug. 8, northbound traffic on Route 19 was permitted to make a left turn at the traffic signal onto Glen Eden Road if there was a green light. The same went for southbound traffic on the highway turning left at the same traffic signal onto North Boundary Road. In both scenarios, drivers with a green light would yield to oncoming traffic.
In response to an increase in accidents at the intersection over the last year and a half, drivers will now be prohibited—as indicated by a red light—from turning left unless a green left arrow is showing.
“Unfortunately, people were not yielding to traffic,” said township manager Jerry Andree.
Andree said had received complaints from residents who said the intersection was dangerous. A traffic analysis done by the township also showed drivers pulling in front of oncoming traffic when making a left turn, despite “plenty of site distance,” he said.
The signal change, which was made in cooperation with PennDOT, has been under review for the last four months, he said.
Andre did not expect the signal change to slow traffic on the busy highway.