Yielding to concerns expressed at a recent meeting with residents and local elected officials, the State Highway Administration last weekagreed to install a traffic light at the intersection of Route 108 and Montgomery Road.
Installation is scheduled for next spring.
Residents have been requesting the traffic light for two years. Until last week, the state refused, saying the intersection did not warrant a signal.
It still does not warrant a traffic light, the highway administration said, but officials believe one will be needed six months from now when the Montgomery Run subdivision is completed.
District engineer Douglas R. Rose told Kim D. Abramson, president of a community group seeking the traffic light, the state also plans to re-mark Route 108 southbound this fall to provide an extra lane forvehicles waiting to turn left.
The lane should "provide a degree of protection for motorists entering Montgomery Run and should help to reduce the rear-end accident experience," Rose told Abramson in a Sept. 23 letter.
Rose said the state re-evaluated its position following a Sept. 12 meeting organized by Abramson and County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd.
During the meeting, eight accident victims told of their experiences at the intersection. A panel of elected officials responded to the victims and a videotape of rush-hour traffic at the intersection by demanding the state take action.
"It was a wonderful showing of community and political support," Abramsonsaid.
Getting the state to agree to install a traffic light "has been our one of our top priorities since we were first elected (to the association board of directors) in December. And we did it!"