CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Drivers are getting their first taste of a high-tech way to tame traffic along one of the area’s busiest highways.
It’s all being done in a effort to get traffic moving faster around the busy Route 19 and Route 228 corridor in Cranberry Township.
“At 10:40 this morning, we all had our eyes on the intersection. We had our engineers and observers at the intersection making sure that change was taking place,” Public Works Director Jason Dailey said.
The change involves re-timing dozens of traffic signals through the area. It also means finding ways to clear out jammed up turning lanes faster and more efficiently.
“We’re going to have leading lefts. The northbound lane will go first, and their left turns. The through lanes will then go, which gives them the ability to go north and south, and then the lagging lefts will have their turn to go,” Dailey said.
Signs warning drivers of the changes have been up for a few weeks now and while confusion is expected, the payoff could be a little less wait.
“There’s as much of a two-minute drive time realized on that corridor,” Dailey said.
While most towns go through a similar process every five to 10 years, Cranberry’s rapid development means they’re at it every three years.
Right now, it looks like the biggest test of Cranberry’s new traffic plan will happen around the afternoon rush hour.
That’s when the office parks up and down Route 19 and along Route 228, including the massive new Westinghouse facility empty out for the day.