July 17, 2014 at 3:16 AM
Hit the switch.
On Thursday morning, a new traffic signal will come to life on West Main Street in Lansdale at Wood Street.
"The traffic signal at Main and Wood is scheduled to turn on (Thursday)," said borough Manager Timi Kirchner at Wednesday's Lansdale Council action meeting. "The signal will start flashing, and then eventually it goes on July 24. At the time that happens, the entire (Wood-Vine Connector) route will be activated, including stop signs down Green Street."
The new light also signals the end of the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative Project, commonly known as the Wood-Vine Connector.
When completed, the Wood-Vine Connector will give drivers a thoroughfare, without stopping, on a reconfigured Vine Street, Susquehanna Avenue, Derstine Avenue and Wood Street, between Main Street and Broad Street, thereby bypassing any railroad crossings and the Broad and Main intersection.
The new signal at Main and Wood streets is part of that project. The signal was moved from its location at Main Street and Susquehanna Avenue, which will turn into a pedestrian crossing with a stop sign and prohibited left turns onto Main from Susquehanna. Susquehanna Avenue will also remain one-way toward Main Street from Derstine Avenue.
Per PennDOT rules, the signal must be in a yellow flashing mode for seven days before it changes to normal traffic signal operations.
When that is completed, then the steady traffic signal at Main and Susquehanna will be converted to a flashing pedestrian signal on July 24, and will remain as such for a month, per PennDOT requirements for notification. The traffic light will remain in place, but will not stop traffic for pedestrians. Pedestrians will be able to activate the signal at the crossing.
"If any of you have driven down the route," Kirchner said to councilors Wednesday, "it's beautiful. It has been completed. We intend to have a celebration at some point – and you know the borough can't do anything without a celebration," Kirchner said.
She expected to have a ribbon cutting on the project in August or September.