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Upper Saucon agrees to meet with Pitt Ohio over new light on 309

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Upper Saucon Supervisors Monday agreed to allow township representatives to meet with Pitt Ohio of Center Valley to get the trucking company's input on installing a traffic signal at the intersection of West Hopewell Road and Route 309.

The light would be to control traffic as the result of development north of that intersection on a 120-acre parcel owned by Kay Builders of Allentown.

Kay Builders Owner Rick Koze said he came before the supervisors "for their guidance" as to whether the proposed traffic signal should be erected at either the West Hopewell Road or Huckleberry Drive intersections with Route 309.

The supervisors agreed the Hopewell Road location would be the preferred choice because Huckleberry Road could not accommodate the increased traffic from a new development in the area.

"Huckleberry Road would be a disaster," remarked Township Manager Tom Beil. He added Pitt Ohio would in all probability be delighted with a signal at the entrance to its property providing traffic control assistance to its trucks.

Supervisor Chairman Stephen Wagner said a light Hopewell Road would increase the value of Pitt Ohio's property and agreed this would be the better of the two choices for the light.

Previously the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation refused requests to install "T-style" traffic signals on Route 309 at the intersections. However, the township can erect lights on the roads it maintains such as Hopewell or Huckleberry.

Beil predicted some of Pitt Ohio's initial inquiries will involve how much of its land would be needed for the signal project and design particulars for the intersection and how it would relate to their needs.

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