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Walnutport to spend additional $5,500 for traffic light upgrades

Walnutport has agreed to pay an additional cost for improvements to its main traffic light.

By a unanimous vote, borough council agreed last week to spend $5,500 to have CM High proceed with the bad traffic loop sensor.

Borough engineer Jason Newhard said the LED and pre-emption work is completed at the light at Best Avenue and Main Street.

It was announced earlier this month that a whole new control system, new lights, emergency pre-emption, wiring and poles have been installed.

Last month it was stated that upgrades to the borough’s main traffic light would cost more than anticipated after C.M. High Inc. hit a snag while doing the work.

Council had awarded a quote to the Myerstown firm in the amount of $12,150 for upgrades to the traffic light.

But New­hard said last month that in doing the work, it was discovered that the northbound Route 145 loop sensor wasn’t working.

That resulted in the additional cost of $5,500.

The borough has been awarded a $25,000 Green Light — GO program 50/50 matching grant.

Newhard said he would submit everything to the state Department of Transportation for the grant reimbursement, adding that hopefully PennDOT would pay.

The control panel is being replaced by an insurance claim.