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(Both photos: Special to Tube City Almanac)
A long-awaited traffic light at the intersection of Long Run Road and Walnut Street in the city's 12th Ward is nearly complete.
A.J. Tedesco, McKeesport community development director, said the project was overseen by Trans Associates Engineering of Enola, Pa. Some additional work will be completed by the state Department of Transportation before the signals are activated, he said.
The $451,000 project was funded in part by a $316,000 grant from the multimodal transportation fund of the state Department of Community & Economic Development.
State traffic volume maps indicate that 12,000 vehicles daily use Walnut Street in Christy Park and 11,000 use Long Run Road.
The signal is designed eventually to facilitate access to a partially completed shopping center at the intersection.
But Mayor Michael Cherepko told council last week the center's developer, Walnut Street Partners LLC of White Oak, must first comply with state highway regulations.
"There is a guiderail across the driveway right now," Cherepko said.
City officials hope that in addition to making it safer for motorists to turn left at the intersection, the traffic signal will encourage additional commercial development on Walnut Street and Route 48.
Originally published July 12, 2019.