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Two townships in York County to get $500K in traffic signal upgrades

YORK COUNTY, Pa. --  Both Springettsbury and West Manchester Townships in York County may be seeing better traffic flow in the next year.

That's because they will be receiving nearly $500,000 from PennDOT's 'Green-Light-Go' grant program, which helps to improve traffic signals.

Kelly Kelch with West Manchester Township says after evaluating township intersections, they found route 462 and Zarfoss Road was in need of an update.

"It's an older system that was permitted back in the seventies so the equipment is in desperate need of repair," said Kelly Kelch, West Manchester Township Council Manager.

"Our number one priority is to make it safer by adding a preemption device and also replacing the hanging wires with a mast arm, which makes it a little more sturdier during high winds and storms," added Kelch.

Kelch says the lights will be upgraded from a loop detection system to a radar detection system, something Kelch is hoping will resolve current traffic issues.

"We see issues mainly during the rush hour or the morning peak and afternoon peak, there's a mix of traffic, residential and commercial in that area," said Kelch.

"Whether it's some type of loop sensor in the pavement or a camera detection device, that's what we are looking at," said Mike Crochunis, PennDOT. "With this, the technology would be able to sense, hey something is happening and would change the phasing," he added.

West Manchester Township is expected to get $313,612 towards those updates.

Springettsbury Township is expected to get $251,163 for upgrades to traffic signals at the following intersections: Route 24 and Kingston Road and Eastern Boulevard, Northern Way and Wolf Drive,  Haines Road and Eastern Boulevard.