Ehrman Road Update: Route 19 Lane Now Open

The right turning lane onto Ehrman Road also is expected to open Monday.

The commute for motorists on Route 19 near Ehrman Road is about to get smoother.

On Thursday, the right driving lane on Route 19 North near Ehrman Road opened—and that’s not all.

Jason Kratsas, Cranberry’s director of engineering, said the right turning lane from Route 19 North onto Ehrman Road also is expected to open Monday after lines and arrows are painted on the road.

The lanes originally were scheduled to open last week, but weather from Hurricane Sandy delayed the contractor from installing guide rails for the project, Kratsas said.

The township also is working with Sheetz, to add a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 19 and Ehrman Road. The hillside where the Sheetz will be located already has been graded so that the gas station will be at street level with Ehrman Road. 

Kratsas said work wouldn’t begin on the signal until after the holidays. Once the signal is complete, the new left turning lane from Ehrman Road on to Route 19 also will open, Kratsas said.

John November 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Haven't seen any comments from Art Wegweiser on this project yet. He must not travel this far north on US19...
Art Wegweiser November 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Expected? Don't count on anything that Triangle contractor outfit tells you.They should be booted out from any future PENNDOT contracts for their incredible delay after delay. Company owners might be a relative of Corbett, perhaps?
Stella Neely November 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
One of these days there's going to be a SERIOUS accident at this intersection! Improvements, or not, until the light gets installed it's just a matter of time until someone gets killed there!
Andrea M. Donatucci March 07, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I have witnessed many close calls and a few accidents at this intersection. I was just in an accident there over the weekend with my 2 young children in the car and was very lucky to walk away with only damage to my vehicle. This morning there was another horrific accident with a SUV flipped over the guardrail! I understand that Penn Dot has developed new regulations on the light poles that need installed and the township is in limbo until they are made - BUT THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!! There is no turning lane if you are making a left out of Ehrman and the turning lane from Rt. 19 onto Ehrman causes a blind spot for those pulling out onto Rt. 19. Until that light goes in, the turning lane needs shut down! That may help a small bit. Outside of that, anyone using that intersection is risking their life on a daily basis! Most of my friends are now using Pinehurst as a cut through becuase they are so fearful of this death trap of an intersection.
Pat Dickey March 09, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Andrea M. Donatucci - you are spot on in your assessment. Glad to know that your accident did not result in serious injury. We saw the wreckage and we were praying for you. That SUV flip-over accident was the last straw for us. My family will no longer exit Ehrman Rd onto 19 - we now go the back way until this mess is rectified. I contacted Representative Metcalf's office late today. Both PENNDOT and the contractor must share blame. The line painting in anticipation of the traffic light has made it a logistical nightmare to exit Ehrman rd safely onto Rt. 19 southbound, and the recently installed traffic signal box for this "phantom" traffic light only further compromises the Ehrman Rd driver's line of sight of oncoming Rt 19 southbound traffic. There will be a death if this is not fixed -soon! For a township that prides itself on great community planning, this intersection project has been an absolute nightmare.


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