After years in the making, plans are moving forward for a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 19 and Ehrman Road in Cranberry.
“It’s been on our capital improvement plan for probably eight years,” said Jerry Andree.
Officials are expected to authorize the township to go out for bid on the traffic signal at Thursday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Andree said adding a traffic signal at Ehrman Road—which leads to the Ehrman Farms neighborhood—has long been a popular idea with township residents. He noted there have been several car accidents at the intersection over the years, although no fatalities.
“It’s one of the most requested signals,” he said.
Plans for the signal stalled, however, because of design issues with PennDOT, including the agency's request to expand a culvert under Route 19, which Andree said would have added $500,000 to the project’s cost.
“It blew the budget way out of whack,” he said.
The issues have since been resolved. Andree estimated the price tag for the traffic signal, which will be on a , at about $1 million.
The township will share the project’s costs with Sheetz, which is planning to build a gas station and convenience store in the area. Andree said an office building also is planned at the intersection.
He said construction on the gas station, office building and traffic signal would occur simultaneously near the end of the year.
He added that in the past year, the township has erected traffic signals at the intersection of F, at and at.
“We’ve put in a lot of traffic signals in the last 10 years,” Andree said.