Conewango Township still picking up after tornado

There is still metal roofing hanging over utility wires and in a tree in Starbrick.

However, the most obvious sign of the tornado that struck Warren County two months ago could be the absence of a functioning traffic signal at Route 6 and Preston Road.

Only one signal remains in position over the intersection and that signal is not operating.

Conewango Township is in the process of replacing that signal.

“This project has been on our board agenda since the tornado wiped the traffic lights out on April 14,” Township Secretary Jennifer Fox said. “The board of supervisors is updated at every board meeting.”

On Monday, the supervisors said they remain dedicated to staying the course, according to Fox.

The decision to replace the signal, or have a traffic study done to determine if it could be removed, was up to the township.

“Lights are owned and maintained by the municipality where they are located,” PennDOT Press Officer Jill Harry said. “We assist them as needed. It’s ultimately their responsibility.”

“The township will not request a traffic study to see if we could go without traffic signals at this intersection,” Fox said. “These traffic signals were installed in 1998-1999, at which time it was apparent that they were called for.”

Fox has been working with the township’s insurance company “to get the claim processed as quickly as possible.”

“The insurance company is still waiting on one additional quote for the rebuild before a contract is awarded,” she said.

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