Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Angle Council Considers Branthoover Cutoff Changes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Angle Council Considers Branthoover Cutoff Changes

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Murrysville Council has postponed action on a proposed donation of land that would allow the municipality to realign and reopen the Branthoover Cutoff between Business Route 22 and Old William Penn Highway.

The Branthoover Cutoff is one of three intersections in the municipality that were built during the 1940s to provide access to Old William Penn Highway while Route 22 was under construction. The cutoff consists of a short road that connects the other two at a severe angle and has three angled intersection points with Route 22.

Chief administrator Jim Morrison said last week that the cutoff was never designed properly as a connector road and has a history of accidents and problems due to its confusing layout.

In March, acting on a recommendation from the municipality's insurance company, the cutoff was closed.

One proposed remedy for the situation is to redesign the intersection as a traditional T-intersection so that traffic could enter and exit Old William Penn Highway with a right angle turn at a stop sign at Beverly Court. The connector road would intersect Route 22 using one of the existing accesses. Doing so would require the use of a small triangle of land between the two roads, which belongs to the Parkins family of Murrysville. The family has agreed to donate the land; however, the amount of land needed for the intersection could create a lack of space around an existing building on the property.

As a result, future changes to the building could cause zoning violations. An agreement that would relieve the building owners from future zoning violations has been drawn up; however discussion about the proposed solution stalled last week as council mulled over the consequences. …

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