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PennDOT offers funding to modernize traffic lights

Roaring Spring, Altoona projects receive grants

The traffic signal at 13th Avenue and 13th Street in Altoona will be modernized as part of the PennDOT’s Green Light-Go program.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that 50 municipalities will receive more than

$15.6 million to support traffic signal upgrades.

The $298,769 grant for the Altoona intersection will provide funds for needed safety improvements, state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, said in a news release.

“The improvements for the intersection will make it safer for both vehicles and pedestrians, especially the many college students and senior pedestrians who live and walk in the area,” Schmitt said. “A safer way to walk will also contribute to the renaissance of our downtown core.”

One other Blair County project received funding. Roaring Spring Borough will get $263,200 to upgrade the Five Points intersection traffic signal.

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

Also in Centre County, State College Borough will get $1,143,876 for the first phase of communication network upgrades and multimodal detection at 22 intersections along the Atherton Street, Beaver Avenue, College Avenue and Park Avenue corridors.

Ferguson Township will receive $108,000 for detection upgrades at three intersections along the Science Park Road corridor, while Spring Township is slated to get $40,000 for upgrading three signals along Zion Road with flashing yellow arrow indications. Both townships are in Centre County.

In Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Borough will receive $214,400 for detection upgrades at four traffic signals along Penn Street Signal.

Green Light-Go grants are provided as a reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program is used for a range of improvements, including LED technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

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