Burns: Upper Yoder Township gets $195,967 grant for traffic signal upgrades

Money comes from red light violations in Philadelphia

EBENSBURG, June 9 – Noting that his reminder to apply from a year ago has paid off, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced a $195,967 grant to Upper Yoder Township for signal upgrades at Woodmont Road and Menoher Boulevard (State Route 0271).

Burns said the source of funding – PennDOT’s 2016 Automated Red Light Enforcement Program – comes from red light violations in Philadelphia. An eight-member committee then distributes the money statewide for relatively low-cost projects that improve safety, enhance mobility and reduce congestion.

“Last year, I wanted to make sure that municipalities in the 72nd Legislative District were aware of this grant opportunity, so I publicized it and offered them application assistance by contacting any of my constituent service offices,” Burns said. “It’s great to see that Upper Yoder Township is getting nearly $200,000 – and I hope that we have additional successes in next year’s round of funding.”

Burns said the grants can be applied for and used for improvements to traffic signals, roadways at intersections with traffic signals, or school zones – and such things as installing guiderails or making roadside safety enhancements.

Burns said any municipality interested in applying for 2017 funding should contact one of his offices.