Pennsylvania awards more than $15.6M for traffic signal upgrades

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently awarded more than $15.6 million to 50 municipalities through Green Light-Go: Pennsylvania’s Municipal Signal Partnership Program to support traffic signal upgrades.

Now in its sixth round of funding, the program reimburses municipalities for updates that improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. The goal is to reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility on state and local highways.

Funding can be used to upgrade traffic signals to the latest technologies, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, and other operational improvements.

It is a competitive application process. Requirements include a 20 percent match from municipalities.

Grants were awarded between $25,600 and $1.1 million.

The largest awards include:

State College Borough in Centre Country was awarded $1.1 million for phase one of communication network upgrades and multimodal detection at 22 intersections in the Atherton Street, Beaver Avenue, College Avenue, and Park Avenue corridors.

Patton Township in Centre County was awarded $684,138.40 to connect 28 traffic signals along Atherton Street in five municipalities to the Commonwealth network and to upgrade detection to support Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures.

Spring Township in Berks County was awarded $518,310 to replace technology along the Penn Avenue corridor.

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