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Intersections That Need Improvement in Upper St. Clair

The following intersections were included in the 2005 comprehensive plan and will likely be part of the next.

When the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission met last week to discuss the upcoming 2015 comprehensive plan, they looked back at the progress report for the 2005 plan.

The following locations were indicated as key intersections that needed improvement:

  • Washington Road/Boyce Road
  • McLaughlin Run Road/McMillan Road/Lesnett Road
  • Washington Road/Fort Couch Road
  • Washington Road/Orr Road
  • McMurray Road at Bethel Church Road/Drake Road
  • Boyce Road/Millwood Drive/Morton Road
  • Old Washington Road/Circle Drive
  • Boyce Road/Hidden Valley Drive

Some improvements have been made at the Washington Road/Boyce Road intersection. Through township efforts with PennDOT, the right turn lane from Route 19 northbound onto Boyce Road Extension was constructed. In addition, there have been LED signalization upgrades, emergency vehicle preemption and connections for emergency generator back-up.

Requests have been submitted to PennDOT and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission for funding at the McLaughlin Run Road/McMillan Road/Lesnett Road intersection.

The Washington Road/Fort Couch Road intersection will be reevaluated when development plans for the former Consol Energy Headquarters site are submitted to the township, according to Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart. The 2005 comprehensive plan recommended widening Fort Couch Road for a turning lane.

Improvements for the other intersections have not yet been made and will likely carry over to the 2015 comprehensive plan, which serves as a guide for township officials.

Do you think these intersections need improvements? What other intersections or roads would you like to see improved? Tell us in the comments.

Maria Miller October 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Though not a true intersection, something needs to be done to make the train crossing at Mayview Road safer. There are no warning lights or crossing gates at this crossing. The only warning is the train whistle. With the increased traffic created by the CRC, this crossing could be the site of a potential tragedy.
william atwell October 10, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What increased traffic on may view? Seems like same amount of traffic that was there when I moved here 10 years ago
Maria Miller October 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I guess you don't belong to the rec center, because if you did you would know that many more people are driving on Mayview Road than in the past.
Robert A. Shoaf October 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I certainly hope they address the McLaughlin Run Rd, McMillan & Lesnett Roads intersection. It is in desperate need of a leading green left turn arrow traffic light on McMillan, and McLaughlin Run. Why this has not been done years ago is a real mystery to me.
bgellis October 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I live on Washington Road right above the McLaughlin Run Road Turn on to Washington Road Southbound. We need a light on Washington Road Right before the turn off onto McLaughlin Run, so that we can get out of our driveways. No one and I mean no one goes the speed limit on Washington Road Southbound once they past the McLaughlin Run Road turnoff. It is posted 45 miles per hour, we have a driveway sign before our driveway and it is still out life to get out of our driveway. At least with a light we would have a fighting chance to make a right hand turn out of our driveways with out getting rear ended by speeders coming up washington road.
Michele Baum October 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
This involves Bridgeville, but there should be a light at the dog leg intersection where Mayview/Bank and Lesnett/Chartiers meet. Currently there's a two-way stop on Lesnett and Chartiers. My car was severely damaged some years back in an accident there, though no one was hurt, thankfully. I the right-of-way coming down Mayview toward Bank and was struck by someone coming out of Lesnett who said he didn't see me. It's just not possible to avoid that intersection completely, but I try my best.
Alum/Resident October 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I use this intersection every day and the police department could make a lot of money if they would cite drivers who do not stop at the intersection, cut people off, pass on the right while someone is waiting to turn left off of Lesnett. This has been an issue for years as it involves USC and Bridgeville. No matter who is responsible, please do something before someone gets seriously hurt or killed at this intersection.
Rebecca October 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
While this is not a current intersection, the lack of ability to turn into the Norman Center (where Fed EX/Kinkos, is without having to do a left turn and cut through the parking lot at Fort Couch road or going up to Highland Drive and doing a Uturn, as well as the inability when driving South on Washington Road to turn left into Walgreens without having to sit at the light, do a left turn and then wait again for a break in traffic to turn left into the parking lot is VERY frustrating. In addition, pulling out of Walgreens or Crossroads Plaza onto Fort Couch Road is a nightmare because both exits are so close to the light that trying to cut across lanes of traffic to go south on Rt 19 is also only possible due to the courtesy of drivers waiting at that light to stop and allow you to cut through while they are stopped at the light. Simply by removing the concrete berm along Rt 19 nd replacing it with a center turn lane all the way down the road would create a lot less traffic at the lights and save a lot of people a lot of time.
Bill Hulin October 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
While you're at it, why don't you time the lights and post signs that say if you drive the speed limit, you will hit every light green. This has been done successfully in many places and is a much safer way of keeping people going the speed limit and still arriving at their destination more quickly.
Greg Faist October 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
McMillan has two increasingly dangerous intersections: Seegar and Cook School roads. Adding 4-way stops to both would be a big improvement.
James October 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Thats your fault for buying a house on Washington Road- they should raise the speed limit to 55mph.
James October 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Great idea!!!! Add 2 stop signs to McMillan Road- I know....how about some "speed humps"??? Get off of your cell phone while your driving and you'll be just fine!!!! We need less stop signs Greg, not more.
bgellis October 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Wake Up, maybe you are one of those people that have been ticketed by the police who sit in my driveway and give tickets to those people passing school buses that are loading children who live on Washington Road, bet if i passed a school bus that was loading your children in the morning you would be the first one complaining.
James October 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I wouldn't put my children in a dangerous situation like that and live on Washington Road. I moved to a safe street so my children would be safe entering/exiting their school bus. I don't complain about frivolous things on an internet news site, so no I wouldn't complain about you passing a school bus, ma'am.
John Small October 14, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Make the right turn from McMurray road onto Bethel Church, just past King's Restaurant, a No Turn on Red to give cars coming out of Drake Road onto Bethel Church Road a chance.
Alum/Resident October 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Thursday, October 18th, 6:15 PM. Approaching the intersection of Lesnett/Bank/Mayview...flashing lights, police cars, ambulance, traffic jam. Toyota taken away on a flatbed. I hope nobody was badly injured. What will it take to make this intersection safe?

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