Upper Merion receives state funding to improve traffic lights

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Merion Township has been awarded a $107,968 state grant to replace traffic signals at 24 intersections with LED lighting.

The grant is from the Green Light-Go Program, which provides state funds to operate and maintain traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state and local highways.

"This funding is a big help to the municipality because the program only requires a 20 percent match this year, compared to previous years in which Upper Merion would have had to put up half of the money for the project," Briggs said. "I voted last year to improve the Green Light-Go Program, and our area is benefitting from that."

Upper Merion Township replaced traffic signals with LED versions at 24 intersections along Dekalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford road corridors.

"Converting traffic signals to LED is a win-win for communities. Not only are they more energy efficient, they are much longer lasting, lasting 50 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs. So, they save the municipality money with reduced electricity and maintenance costs, and their increased reliability helps increase traffic safety."

As a member of the House Transportation Committee, Briggs also supported Act 89 of 2013, which created the Green Light-Go Program.

In all, 94 municipalities received $33 million to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.