PennDOT project to improve pedestrian safety in Allentown
Residents will soon see pedestrian safety improvements at a high-volume intersection adjacent to the school district’s new public high school, according to state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg and Sen. Pat Browne.
The project is part of a statewide initiative geared at enhancing communities across the commonwealth, tapping into $33 million in federal funds via the Transportation Alternatives Program.
“Martin Luther King Boulevard is a gateway to the downtown arena, shops and restaurants. This project will give us the needed pedestrian safety improvements to allow residents and visitors alike to really explore all that the city of Allentown has to offer,” Schweyer said.
“I am pleased to see that Allentown will receive funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program for public safety improvements,” Browne said. “This funding will allow for the completion of necessary safety improvements at a dangerous intersection with a heavy volume of pedestrian traffic, especially children as they make their way to-and-from the new high school.”
One of 51 projects slated to provide enhancements or alternatives to the current transportation infrastructure statewide, the $297,274 in funding for Allentown will be used to make improvements to the connection point between the downtown and the city’s western park resources.
“I am glad to see the safety improvements for this intersection receive approval,” Schlossberg said. “When I voted for Act 89, these were the types of improvements I had in mind. This announcement means the state has committed more than $419 million in new transportation investments to benefit our region since Act 89 went into effect.”
PennDOT evaluated project applications and made award selections after considering criteria such as safety, implementation readiness, regional or statewide significance, reasonableness of cost, integration of land use and decision making, collaboration with stakeholders and leverage of other projects or funding.