Thursday, May 11, 2017

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Traffic Signal Improvement in Five Schuylkill County Municipalities

On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 94 municipalities in Pennsylvania will receive $33 million to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.  Five of those municipalities are in Schuylkill County.

“This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Governor Wolf said. “The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow.”

These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to 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.

Act 101 of 2016 recently provided updates to the program by reducing the applicant match to 20 percent, expanding eligible applicants to planning partners and counties, and allowing all projects to be led by applicants. Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan adopted in November 2013.

Following is a list of funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects. Note the state funding represents only part of the total project funding:

• Cass Township -- $133,544 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Highridge Park Road at Keystone Boulevard and at the I-81 Northbound Ramps.

• Foster Township -- $48,088 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along State Route 901 at Keystone Boulevard.

• Minersville Borough -- $181,920 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Coordination at 8 Intersections along the Sunbury Street Corridor.

• Minersville Borough -- $308,270 for Pedestrian Improvements and Installation or Overspeed Warning System at 8 Intersection along the Sunbury Street Corridor.

• Pottsville -- $314,313 for Traffic Signal and Intersection Upgrades at the Intersection of Market Street and Twentieth Street.

• Saint Clair Borough -- $229,600 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Claude Lord Boulevard at Hancock Street, Russell Street, Terry Rich Boulevard and Ann Street.

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