State grant to fund road upgrades in Porter Township

LAMAR – Twelve intersections along the Route 64 corridor from Interstate 80 to Nittany Valley Drive will receive an upgrade thanks to $57,600 in state grant funding supported by state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, and released from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) grant program.

Hanna said nearly $11.5 million in ARLE funds will be distributed among 41 total projects throughout 35 municipalities statewide.

“Porter Township will use the funds to upgrade traffic signal cabinets with generator adapter kits, battery backups and new controllers,” Hanna said. “This project allows for greater safety and is sure to improve the flow of traffic.”

Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply this 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.

Hanna said it’s a competitive process. Projects are selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program since 2010 to $62.87 million, funding 366 safety projects.

For more information, visit the traffic signals page under “Travel In PA” at www.penndot.gov, or email RA-PDSIGNALFUNDING@pa.gov.

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