By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
SHARON — Traffic flow in Sharon is expected to improve with the repair and replacement of several controllers and electronic clocks that operate certain traffic lights downtown and along main traffic routes.
One of those lights is at State and Chestnut streets where the signal has been limited to blinking mode for several years.
Its broken controller will be replaced with one that has been standing unused at Sharpsville Avenue and Pitt Street since the traffic light there was replaced with a stop sign.
“The good news is we don’t have to buy a new one for Chestnut, because controllers cost $12,000,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak told Sharon council Thursday at a workshop session.
Electrical contractor Bruce & Merrilees, New Castle, will install that unit when it installs a new one for the light at State and Dock streets. That one is being paid for by the insurance company of a truck driver whose rig hit the pole, knocking the signal out of service months ago and turning the intersection into a four-way stop.
The traffic light at Chestnut should be fully operational within two or three weeks, Andrejchak said.
A PennDOT grant will be paying for $80,000 worth of work on other intersections along Connelly Boulevard and State Street.
The project includes new controllers at these intersections:
ä Sharpsville Avenue and Connelly Boulevard
ä State Street and Stambaugh Avenue
ä State Street and Buhl Boulevard
ä State Street and Jefferson Avenue
“These are delicate, sophisticated and expensive pieces of computer equipment,” Andrejchak said of the controllers. “We wouldn’t be able to buy them without the grant.”
The grant will be used to pay for both purchase and installation of equipment. If the money stretches far enough, the project could also include new timeclocks that synchronize lights using signals from global-positioning satellites at three intersections:
ä State and Oakland Avenue
ä State and Case Avenue
ä State and Spencer Avenue.
The city will be advertising for contractors’ bids this month. Contracts could be awarded in October and the work would be done next spring.