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Most traffic signals in Chambersburg back on regular timing

May 10, 2001

Most traffic signals in Chambersburg back on regular timing



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


The Chambersburg Borough Council Wednesday heard a report on the state of traffic signals in the borough.

Assistant Electric Superintendent Scott Miller said a borough-wide power outage in January threw off many of the downtown signals, but all but two are now back on their regular timing.

He said the signals at Queen and Main streets and Lincoln Way and Second Street were still not functioning at their regular intervals.

Miller blamed the problems on the aging equipment.

"The length of the outage exceeded the battery backup time, and we lost a lot of the programming," he said. "The equipment is close to 15 years old and getting close to the end of its life cycle."

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Miller said that at a recent regional meeting he learned the borough's signals are well behind other municipalities.

"At one time, we had the most modern equipment. Now we are at the other end," he sad.

Miller recommended replacing some key controllers and conducting a new traffic study on U.S. 30 and U.S. 11.

He said the last study was done around 1990, and traffic volumes have increased so rapidly that programming the signals on that data is not adequate.

Several councilmen supported the ideas.

"I think it's logical to start with a traffic study and use that to develop an equipment replacement plan," said Councilman William McLaughlin.

Miller said the borough has received final approval on permits to install a traffic signal at Queen and Fourth streets, and the new signal at Fifth and Norland avenues will be turned on to flash mode at 10 a.m. today. Barring any problems, it will begin operating normally at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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