WEST CHESTER (May 17) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently announced that eight municipalities in Chester County will receive more than $1.2 million in total funding for traffic control system safety upgrades.
The grants come through two PennDOT programs, the Green Light-Go Program and the Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding program, which together provided nearly $17.5 million for traffic signal upgrades in 127 municipalities across the Commonwealth.
“These funds will go a long way in helping local municipalities upgrade traffic lights and other traffic control systems,” Dinniman said. “The improvements mean a safer and smoother commute for motorists throughout our region.”
The Green Light-Go Program projects are as follows:
- $514,167 for East Goshen Township to install an adaptive traffic signal system that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions on Route 3 (West Chester Pike) at 10 intersections from East Strasburg Rd to Route 352 (South Chester Road).
- $9,000 for East Pikeland Township to replace LED modules and improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 113 and Coldstream Road, Route 113 and Firehouse Lane, and Route 113 and Pothouse Road.
- $165,000 for East Vincent Township to upgrade the intersection of Schuylkill Road and New Street by adding dedicated left-turn lanes.
- $65,050 for Kennett Township to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 82 and Hillendale Road, Route 1 and Exelon Way, Route 1 and McFarlan Road, and Route 1 and Kendal Drive.
- $79,190 for Uwchlan Township to replace inductive loop sensors with a video detection system to control and improve the flow of traffic at three intersections along Route 100 and at nine intersections along Route 113.
- $18,300 for West Whiteland Township to install generator hook-ups and install uninterrupted power supplies at the intersections of Route 30 and Springdale Drive, Route 30 and East Mall Entrance, Route 30 and West Mall Entrance/Iron Lake Boulevard, Route 30 and Whiteland Towne Center, Route 30 and Campbell Boulevard, and Route 30 and Oaklands Boulevard.
- $22,000 for West Whiteland Township to improve maintenance at 27 signalized intersections throughout the township.
Made possible by Act 89, the state’s comprehensive transportation funding plan, the Green Light-Go Program establishes partnership agreements between municipalities and PennDOT through which municipalities can request up to 50-percent funding for traffic-signal projects.
During this fiscal year, grants can be used for installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.
Under the Green Light-Go program, projects on corridors with fewer than 10,000 vehicles per day will be managed by the municipality, and PennDOT will manage any project with signals on corridors that have greater than 10,000 vehicles per day. Both types of projects require a 50 percent match from the municipality.
The ARLE grants, which are funded by fines collected from red-light enforcement cameras in the city of Philadelphia, are as follows:
- $188,130 for Schuylkill Township to upgrade and improve the existing traffic signal equipment and to add pedestrian crossing accommodations at the intersection of Pothouse Road and Charlestown Road/West Bridge Street.
- $180,000 for Willistown Township to install fiber optics at an existing signal system running from Old Lincoln Highway to Plank Avenue and to connect traffic signals along the Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) corridor at the intersections of Lancaster and Central Avenue, Lancaster and West Central Avenue, Lancaster Avenue and Moreland Road/King Road and Lancaster Avenue and South Cedar Hollow Road to the PennDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC).
Under the state law that established red light camera enforcement, fines from infractions are evenly distributed between the city of Philadelphia and the state. The cameras are located at 28 intersections in the city.
The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility, and reducing congestion can be considered for ARLE funding. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost-sharing. Of the 194 applications submitted, only 23 projects in 18 municipalities were approved for funding.
As part of the statewide investment, the selection team also identified that $200,000 should be used to update the state Transportation Advisory Committee’s 2011 evaluation study on the ARLE program.
Since the ARLE funding program was established in 2010, $45.4 million in funding has been invested in 298 projects statewide.