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For years, residents have been asking for a traffic light at a dangerous intersection near Nazareth Area Middle School, but nothing happened.  Plans were in place as early as 2009 to install the light at the intersection of East Lawn Road (Route 191)...

Dangerous intersection near school finally getting traffic light

For years, residents have been asking for a traffic light at a dangerous intersection near Nazareth Area Middle School, but nothing happened.  Plans were in place as early as 2009 to install the light at the intersection of East Lawn Road (Route 191)...

Dangerous intersection near school finally getting traffic light

For years, residents have been asking for a traffic light at a dangerous intersection near Nazareth Area Middle School, but nothing happened. 

Plans were in place as early as 2009 to install the light at the intersection of East Lawn Road (Route 191) and Schoeneck/Friedenstahl avenues in Upper Nazareth Township, but the project kept stalling for various reasons including funding shortfalls and issues with existing infrastructure.

The $1.2 million project's now got a green light from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and a state lawmaker who's been advocating for the light says construction is close to beginning.

PennDOT on Monday issued a Highway Occupancy Permit for the project, a key permit that engineers had been waiting to receive, according to state Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton.  

"In May of last year, this project seemed to be spinning its wheels even though the funding had been secured several months before that," Emrick says in a statement.

Traffic light funding secured in Upper Nazareth

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the traffic light should be installed and operating by late summer, the state representative says.

The intersection has long been a concern of residents, particularly parents, because of its high traffic volume and close proximity to the middle school. School buses are at risk turning out of the intersection, they've previously said.

Emrick's optimistic this latest timeline sticks.

"One of the area's most dangerous intersections will soon be a lot safer for the Nazareth community and students of the Nazareth Area School District," he says. 

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