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New traffic light installed near Marion

December 14, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • A traffic light at U.S. 11 and Swamp Fox Road in Marion, Pa., will be fully operational on Dec. 21.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

MARION, Pa. — At noon today, motorists will notice a new traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Swamp Fox Road (Pa. 914).

Greg Cook, chairman of the Guilford Township Supervisors, said initially that the light will flash amber to slow traffic.

But, on Wednesday, the signal will begin to operate normally.

With Waste Management's planned expansion of its landfill near Upton, Pa., Waste Management spokeswoman Cheryl Shields said the signal provides a safer route for trucks hauling waste from Interstate 81 north to the landfill.

She said trucks can avoid Greencastle by exiting Interstate 81 at the Marion exit and traveling on U.S. 11 to the landfill.

"By traveling this route, it keeps the trucks from going through the borough of Greencastle and eliminates any congestion or traffic problems in the borough," Shields said.

Waste Management paid $130,000 to install the lights at the intersection.

In 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved an expansion of the landfill that would extend the life of the landfill for the next 25 to 30 years, according to Shields.

She said not only will the lights make the intersection safer for the trucks, but for other motorists as well.

"When we did this two years ago, we based it on the (traffic) volumes that were coming in then, and that has changed due to the depressed economy," Shields said.

At that time, the landfill was looking at a possible increase of 10 to 20 trucks a day.

"That certainly won't be the case today," she said.

Shields said when a traffic study was done, it didn't warrant a traffic signal at the intersection.

"But Guilford Township and Waste Management were in agreement that it was the best step to take," she said.

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