Wolf admin announces $5M for traffic signal tech to make Pa. roads safer | Wednesday Morning Coffee

Twenty Pa. municipalities will benefit from the money, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said

By: - December 14, 2022 7:10 am
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Here’s some news that might come as welcome relief as you ready the family to head over the river and through the woods this holiday season.

Twenty Pennsylvania municipalities will share in $5 million in state funding that will pay for traffic signal improvements across the commonwealth. And while that may not stop you from muttering dark oaths at the guy who just cut you off on your local highway, it will at least make the trip measurably safer.

The money from the state Department of Transportation’s Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program not only will “help municipalities relieve congestion and traffic flow, they [will] help Pennsylvanians move safely and efficiently,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement his office issued Tuesday.

The grant program was established through Act 54 of 2022 and it provides reimbursement to municipalities that have ponied up for traffic signal upgrades, the administration said.

The grant money can be used to cover the cost off new traffic signal systems; adaptive signal control technology; automated traffic signal performance measures, and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software, the administration said.

Below, a list of the municipalities that benefited from the state grant program.

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Butler County

  • Cranberry Township – $34,650 for upgraded signal controllers along Route 19.

Centre County

  • Benner Township – $92,840 for connection of signals along Benner Pike to PennDOT’s unified command and control software;
  • College Township – $127,700 for connection of signals along Benner Pike to PennDOT’s unified command and control software; and
  • Patton Township – $32,061 for connection of signals along Waddle Rd. to PennDOT’s unified command and control software.

Chester County

  • East Whiteland Township – $378,000 for updating the signal system along Conestoga Rd. to include the signals at the SR 202 interchange.

Clinton County

  • Porter Township – $86,307 for connection of signals along Route 64 to include I-80 interchange to PennDOT’s unified command and control software

Columbia County

  • Bloomsburg Borough – $100,750 for upgrading the signal system along Route 11 and the Market St. Corridor, and connecting the signals to PennDOT’s unified command and control software.

Cumberland County

  • Carlisle Borough – $109,000 for connection of signals along Route 11, Allen Road, and Walnut Bottom Road to PennDOT’s unified command and control software;
  • Middlesex Township – $107,000 for connection of signals along Harrisburg Pike including the I-81 interchange to PennDOT’s unified command and control software;
  • Silver Spring Township – $203,750 for connection of signals throughout the Township to PennDOT’s unified command and control software; and
  • South Middleton Township – $116,297 for connection of signals along Allen Road and Walnut Bottom Road to PennDOT’s unified command and control software.

Dauphin County

  • Lower Paxton Township – $1,206,406 for installation of an adaptive traffic signal system along Linglestown Road.

Delaware County

  • Upper Darby Township – $363,154 for connection of signals throughout the Township to PennDOT’s unified command and control software.

Erie County

  • Summit/Millcreek Townships – $441,200 for signal system upgrades and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software along Peach St.

Franklin County

  • Chambersburg Borough – $18,750 for traffic signal communication upgrades along Molly Pitcher Highway.

Montgomery County

  • Abington Township – $388,040 for signal system upgrades and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software along Route 611;
  • Lower Salford Township – $234,720 for an adaptive signal system and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software along Sumneytown Pike; and
  • Upper Moreland Township – $557,875 for signal system upgrades and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software along Route 611 and Route 263.

Montour County

  • Danville Borough – $145,500 for connection of signals throughout the Borough to PennDOT’s unified command and control software.

Northampton County

  • Lower Nazareth Township – $256,000 for signal system upgrades and connection to PennDOT’s unified command and control software along Route 248.

 

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John L. Micek
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A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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