Harper Announces Grants to Address Traffic, Pedestrian Safety
HARRISBURG – Intersection safety improvement efforts in Towamencin and Whitpain townships have been awarded state grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) announced today.

“I applaud our township officials for their initiative in seeking out this funding to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in our communities,” Harper said. “The investments ultimately lead to a better quality of life for everyone.”

Towamencin Township will receive $84,200 to improve pedestrian safety throughout the township by upgrading 13 traffic signals by updating pedestrian signals and push buttons. The project also includes installation of emergency pre-emption at one intersection and removal of a traffic signal.

Whitpain Township will receive $132,000 to upgrade the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 3001 (Norristown Road) and Route 3003 (Stenton Avenue)/Narcissa Road by improving pedestrian facilities, adding battery back-up and upgrading vehicle detection systems.

The grants are funded through the state’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program. Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 143 applications, totaling over $34 million in requests.

The two local initiatives are among 41 safety projects receiving $11.5 million in this round of grants.

?Representative Kate Harper
61st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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