It looks like Erie County's RELCO system will finally see some much needed repairs. The system enables emergency vehicles to turn a red light into green so they can pass through a clogged intersection.
The system is about 50 years old. The company that makes the transmitting equipment has been out of business for a long time. And, replacement parts are hard to come by.
The system no longer works in over a third of the county's intersections. But, a local company has designed a system to enhance RELCO. County Council today preliminarily approved $100,000 to buy the equipment for five townships. Those townships and Millcreek Community Hospital also donated a pot of $131,000.
There's only enough money for 40 intersections to be repaired. Council members are disappointed that some funding agencies decided not to help.
"I wasn't above begging for the money. I wasn't. I said we need your help. Unfortunately, we went to the Gaming Authority, and they turned us down flat," said Councilman Phil Fatica.
The City of Erie also chose not to budget funds for the project. That means no intersections in the city will see the RELCO repairs.