State grant for transportation project awarded in Hellertown

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, said Hellertown Borough has received $126,173 in state grant funding for a transportation project to improve safety and mobility and reduce congestion.

Freeman said Main Street pedestrian countdown indicators will be installed in Hellertown.

“This funding will allow Hellertown Borough to maintain and improve traffic in the community to keep the road safe for pedestrians and drivers,” Freeman said.

The state funding comes from revenue generated from automated red light enforcement violations in Philadelphia. Under the state law that established the program, projects that improve safety, enhance mobility and reduce congestion can be considered for funding. The grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations.

Freeman said projects were chosen on criteria that included project benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact and cost sharing.