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Commission says Amazon center will open this summer
New traffic lights installed at the entrance to the former Eastland Mall aren’t configured correctly, residents of Maryland Avenue told North Versailles Twp. commissioners this month.
At the township commission’s March meeting, residents said the signals at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard were installed in anticipation of a new Amazon distribution center opening at the property, but the job isn’t finished.
That said that motorists who turn left from Maryland onto the boulevard are immediately confronted with a red light. This configuration causes confusion about whether you should stop immediately after making the left turn or continue.
Commissioners said there is an issue with the traffic lights, and township police have been made aware. Township officials said that because East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard is a state-maintained road, fixing the signals is an issue for the state Department of Transportation.
Commission President Frank Bivins said the Amazon distribution center is currently projected to open in July or August of this year. Construction was paused as crews waited for asphalt plants to reopen for the spring, he said.
Commissioner Tracy Yusko provided an update on the Park Terrace School lot, located at 224 James St. The deed from the sale of the lot from East Allegheny School District to the township has yet to be finalized, she said.
Once that is complete, the township will start the process of turning the lot into a recreational area for kids, Yusko said. The commissioners may seek resident feedback on the specific activities that can be made available to the children.
The next commissioners meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at the township municipal building, 1401 Greensburg Ave.
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Originally published March 22, 2023.