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Ross Conducting Traffic Study of McIntyre & Kane Ross Intersection

A nearby resident is concerned about safety there.

Ross Township Police, at the request of board of commissioners President Grant Montgomery, will conduct a traffic study of the entrance to Kane-Ross Regional Center at 110 McIntyre Road.

Montgomery asked for the study after hearing concerns from a nearby resident.

"The concern the resident posted was that the new residents (of the Kane independent living apartments) are walking across the street there," he said. "We are all well aware, there is a very short sight line there."

In addition to pedestrian traffic, Montgomery said there are concerns about the difficulty of making a left-hand turn coming out of the Kane Center. He also admits there are limits to the ability of the township to improve the intersection.

"The biggest problem is that it is a state road," he said. "So we'll do a study, and if we determine a problem, we'll present it to PennDOT, and then likely they will do a another study."

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Jose January 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Our tax dollars hard at work "The biggest problem is that it is a state road," he said. "So we'll do a study, and if we determine a problem, we'll present it to PennDOT, and then likely they will do a another study." So they will do 2 studies from our state taxes and local taxes, this is exactly what is wrong with government, maybe they could communicate and tell the state their is a need for a traffic study and instead of doing 2 studies maybe ask the state who they would like to use to do the study and then use that company so the result will be from the entity that the state uses so 2 studies won't have to be done. The fleecing of America and we are the sheep
DRO January 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM
How about instead of studying this intersection, they CORRECT the McKnight - siebert rd intersection.... It's ridiculous !
woody January 10, 2013 at 02:00 PM
DRO, Agreed. Or, even worse yet, one of the most poorly regulated set of adjacent intersections in the entire North Hills... Perry Highway @ 3 Degree Road and @ Sewickley-Oakmont Rd. Seems like it would take little more than re-programming these lights for better timing and synergy, but apparently that is too much to ask or "too complicated".
McKnightmare January 10, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I agree with Jose. One study will be done, then another... then what? A traffic light? 4 way stop sign? "The concern the resident posted was that the new residents (of the Kane independent living apartments) are walking across the street there," he said. "We are all well aware, there is a very short sight line there." - Are they're hoards of old people crossing this daily? I travel that frequently and I never have seen anyone cross the street. And so what? Look left, look right, cross the street. I believe the speed limit is 25. I would assume they are walking to Kmart or GIant Eagle. If they are going THAT distance walking, they are certainly healthy enough to make it across a street in a reasonable pace. Still laughing at the double study.
Richard Cook January 10, 2013 at 03:50 PM
McKnightmare, I have a relative living in the Kane Center, and have seen people crossing McIntyre Road.. not only residents.. but also employees who are trying to catch PAT buses.
Jose January 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Or how about this, scrap the study and install a crosswalk and a flashing yellow light for the cars, until someone pushes the little button that turns the light red for the cars, cars stop and turns on the cross sign and then people can cross the street. Would seem much simpler, but we will have to pay a company to come out and tell us that.
Sue LeDonne January 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Sue, Jose you are so right on. Yes, lets not wait till someone is killed trying to cross. You would have to run or take giant steps to beat a fast on coming car coming down McIntyre to McKnight. Why is it someone must pay with their life before they take action. No after the fact township and state, GET ON THE BALL!!!
Sue LeDonne January 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Sue, Jose you are so right on. Yes, lets not wait till someone is killed trying to cross. You would have to run or take giant steps to beat a fast on coming car coming down McIntyre to McKnight. Why is it someone must pay with their life before they take action. No after the fact township and state, GET ON THE BALL!!!
Robert Loehr January 10, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Put a tunnel under the road .
DreamWeaver January 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I agree with you, that McKnight -Seibert intersection needs something done !! And I would like to see Sewickly Oakmont - Reis run - Rochester Rd. intersection fixed...all it would take are turning arrow lights. Just saying.
McKnightmare January 11, 2013 at 01:52 AM
... or a skywalk with moving escalator and elevator to get to the main skywalk.
Scott Baret January 11, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Trouble is, most of the proposed traffic upgrades never happen. For proof, check out this list of suggestions made for McKnight Road 25 years ago: http://northhills.patch.com/blog_posts/north-hills-flashback-revisiting-potential-mcknight-upgrades-circa-1988 Granted, some proposals are far-fetched (such as the bridge they were going to build at one point from Babcock to Ross Park Mall), but it would be nice to see actual efforts made to improve traffic. The Three Degree intersection was, if I recall, set up with signals in 1968. 45 years should be enough time to think up something better or more efficient--what worked in 1968 clearly does not work now given the traffic volume. (Nor did it work 20 years ago--this has been a problematic spot for years). Some fixes are extremely easy but are never done, even when the logical time comes. The traffic signals at Three Degree were replaced in December 2010 but the only thing that actually happened was the single wire installations were replaced with arm-mounted signals and yellow arrows were added to the protected turn signals. Nothing else changed. The signals at Reis Run are pretty old now. Why not put in the turning lane? As for Kane, a signal may be worth it for the pedestrian crossing aspect, but the street right up the hill (drawing a blank on the name) could make for another headache. Join the roads together if at all possible. Also, McCandless needs a signal at Duncan/Ferguson/Thompson Run.

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