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Signs damaged, relocated over and over in Tamaqua

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Contractors use a large auger drill in preparation of moving a lighted crosswalk sign further away from the intersection.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Contractors use a large auger drill in preparation of moving a lighted crosswalk sign further away from the intersection.
Published August 09. 2012 05:01PM

Contractors from Bruce and Merrilees Electric Company spent time Wednesday and today relocating one of many signs routinely struck by vehicles at a number of intersections in Tamaqua.

The new pedestrian walk lights and other signs were installed at numerous intersections on SR209 between SR309 and Greenwood Street and both lanes of SR309 between Spruce and Elm streets.

The work is being done as part of the PennDOT's Tamaqua CBD project, which was designed to help improve safety and mitigate traffic congestion in downtown, was done by Bruce-Merrilees Electrical Company. Some aspects included in the project are traffic signal upgrades, railroad/emergency services traffic signal preemption devices, pedestrian signal upgrades, new curb ramps and new signs. Since the end of the work, on average, a sign in either heavily damaged or destroyed about four to five times a month.

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