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Work has finally begun on the replacement of a traffic light at the Whitaker end of the Rankin Bridge.
A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said crews began replacing the signals on Route 837 near Bob's Autotorium this morning and repairs will continue, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The repairs are expected to be complete by the end of June.
The traffic signals at the intersection were heavily damaged in April 2015 when a car driven by a Florida man crashed into two other cars and then into the side of Bob's Autotorium. During the collision, utility poles and the control system for the traffic lights were destroyed.
Temporary traffic signals have been in place at the intersection since then. According to PennDOT traffic maps, between 20,000 and 22,000 vehicles pass through the intersection on Route 837 every day.
Originally published June 06, 2016.