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Light at Sullivan Trail and Meco Road Finally Under Way

Construction is expected to start for a stop light at the Meco Road and Sullivan Trail intersection in Forks Township within next week or two.

 

The stop light at in Forks Township was supposed to happen eight years ago ... then two years ago ... and then by the end of 2011.

But now, officials say there is definitely a light going up with work expected to start either March 26 or the first week of April. Township Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said he expects it to be operational by July.

Township Public Works Director Mark Roberts said the poles and electrical wires on the east side of Sullivan Trail at Meco Road have already been removed. He said a contractor is expected to show up in the next two weeks to do work on the west side of Sullivan Trail. 

"I guess I'll believe it when I see them show up," Chuss said at .

Residents have complained for years about the need for a traffic light at the busy intersection.

Township officials have stated that they believe the light is probably the most important traffic signal in town.

Chuss said the signal is important because traffic on Sullivan Trail has increased significantly over the past decade and that traffic studies have deemed the intersection to be "an unsafe situation."

"This is probably one of the highest priorities in the township," he said.

Police Chief Greg Dorney agreed.

"I don't even know how many incidents we've had there because there have been so many," Dorney said. "It's an intersection of heavy congestion and concern."

Officials said delays have been caused over the years from legal complications with some residents concerned about the ramifications that intersection expansion would have on their driveways.

Officials said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also made numerous design and right-of-way changes due to changes in agency standards.

Lehigh Valley Site Contractors of Easton will place the light at the intersection at a cost of $840,000.

michael hartranft March 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
First off the light at Meco and Sullivan trail should of been the townships first priority , they say work should start in a week or two, i say it will be more like two weeks, All them traffic lights are needed, and It doesn't take 20 minutes to get thru them as some people indicate, Some say stay away from that area , i say why do that for some it is there line of travel, it's the job of Penndot and the township to make sure these area are maintained in a safe manner, They disregarded all this and now all of the sudden it's a race to get it done, I'm just grateful that no one has been seriously injured at that intersection.
John Thomas March 23, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Eight years and $840,000.00 for a traffic light...Sound like a Union Job. If they do a shoddy job, constantly malfunctions or falls down we'll know for sure. ...Lets hope they get someone else to do the light timing and not the idiot who did the lights between Old Mill and Town Ctr. Blvd.
Molly March 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Have any of the other lights on Sullivan Trail fallen down or malfunctioned?
michael hartranft March 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM
If it's a union job i'm pretty sure it will last a lifetime, Not sure where that comment came from ? Regardless of who puts up the lights it will be a big improvement.
Rob Leiser March 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hard to believe the planning for this light started about the same time as the Zucksville light. I believe the Zucksville Light paid for by the developer cost less then 1/10th the projected cost of this light. A few years ago Howell tried to place the blame on this fiasco on me. I have been in favor of this light since the inception. My Meco Rd entrance was approved by Planners in 2001 however Supervisors refused to approve it. It took PennDOT to drag Howell, Miller, and there buddies to approve my Meco Rd Entrance. At this point Forks Township officials still refuses to supply me with plans and a Timetable for this Project. I am relying on promises from PennDOT that they will protect me and my Business from the Supervisors. What my Neighbors between Meco and Zucksville Rd will learn is there quiet narrow residential streets will be the shortcut to Bushkill Drive. Where did all the money go? Into the Engineer and Solicitors Pockets who tried to bully me, my Neighbors, and PennDOT into accepting a plan that didn’t meet State requirements.

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