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Million dollar intersection creating a lot of problems

Published September 26. 2012 08:26AM

During the latest Tamaqua borough council meeting. Tamaqua Police Chief David Mattson mentioned his concerns regarding the Five Points intersection, routinely calling it the "million dollar intersection."

"From a police officer's point of view, it has been creating a lot of problems," said Mattson during the last council meeting, referring to the new signs and signals that were installed at the intersection.

"Trucks have been taking out a pole a week," he said. "We're going to have to continue replacing those poles, at about $2,000 a pole. It will be $96,000 a year if we don't apprehend everyone that goes through there."

Mattson also pointed out that these poles and signs are sometimes hit late at night and the police cannot always apprehend the parties responsible for the damage. He added his concern for pedestrians trying to use the intersection safely.

Long trucks routinely drive on the sidewalk as they make their turns.

During the meeting, borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt said that even though the intersections have been turned over to the borough, however, the project is not quite finished yet.

"Our options are limited," he said, referring to the standard guidelines that PennDOT is using when designing the improvements.

Council President Micah Gursky expressed frustration with the handling of the matter. "We told Penn-DOT when they designed it, that they (the poles) would be hit. They are trying to apply federal regulations to an intersection that doesn't meet federal guidelines to begin with."

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