State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades. Funding comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.
Three of the municipalities receiving funding are in Berks County:
Brecknock Township: $1,652 for LED replacement at the traffic signal at State Routes 568 and 625.Exeter Township: $89,600 for upgraded video detection at Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. Route 422)/Gibraltar Road and Demoss Road/Gibraltar Road.Reading will receive an $844,640 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Green Light – Go grant to upgrade four traffic signals along North Front Street.
“I’m pleased that these Berks communities were able to access this important funding that will ensure the safety of the public, as well as smoother traffic flow,” Schwank said.
The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light – Go Program can be used for a range of operational improvements including light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal re-timing, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.
“These upgrades will contribute greatly to the safety and mobility along North Front Street,” said state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help bring this funding to Reading.”
“These are necessary improvements to the traffic grid in Reading, and I congratulate the city, which was one of only 70 municipalities to receive funding in this round of grants,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to future upgrades and will continue to advocate for them.”