Officials in a Pennsylvania county are having a difficult time completing construction of an emergency communications system. For the past two years, Montgomery County officials say that they have been trying to convince township supervisors in Upper Merion to give them the zoning rights to construct a 180-foot tower. The $36 million project requires 30 towers, and so far all but one of the towers has been built.
If it is completed, the upgraded emergency dispatch system will improve communication between county dispatchers and emergency responders all over Montgomery County. Without the last tower in Upper Merion, the emergency dispatch system will be spotty in sections of Upper Merion, Lower Merion, West Conshohocken and Bridgeport. During major events, the old dispatch system can have poor coverage that makes emergency communications challenging.