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Big Boost for Emergency Traffic Signal System

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A long planned upgrade of the emergency traffic system on key roads leading into the City of Erie will start in the next few months.
 Crews have done their best to keep the old RELCO system working but that has been difficult.
 Today, Millcreek Community Hospital donated $30,000 to help fund phase one work.
 Crews will install new improved, locally manufactured equipment at 57 intersections.
 The gear will enable emergency vehicles to switch lights to green. That way they can travel faster to hospitals, accidents, crimes or medical emergencies.
 Erie County Council member Phil Fatica said, "This is going to save lives."
 Millcreek Paramedic Service Operations Manager Jeff Benson said, "When we are talking heart attacks or strokes we're talking minutes actually saving lives and disabilities in the long run."
 Right now the project is limited to suburban intersections because the City of Erie has not provided any funding.
 Project Coordinator Rick Morris said, "We need additional funding and the City support to move forward and bring the system beyond the city line."
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