Briggs announces over $500k in grants for traffic signal upgrades

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 17 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today said that Lower Merion Township will receive more than $500,000 in state transportation funding to install and upgrade traffic signals.

“The Green Light-Go program is a terrific partnership between the state and municipalities,” Briggs said. "It was made possible by the Act 89 transportation plan, and these funds will go a long way toward improving traffic flow as well as public safety.”

Enacted in 2013, Act 89 created a comprehensive transportation funding plan to invest billions of dollars into improving the state’s transportation network. Briggs was a vocal supporter of the plan. 

Lower Merion Township will receive $503,947 to install three adaptive traffic signals at the intersections of Lancaster Avenue and Old Wynnewood Road, Penn Road and Wynnewood Road, and Wynnewood Road and Williams Road. Funds will also be used to upgrade existing loop detectors with video detection systems at 45 intersections throughout the township.

“These three intersections are some of the busiest areas of the township, and my office is continuously working with the township on how to ensure safety of both drivers and pedestrians,” Briggs said. “I’m glad that the state was able to step in and help alleviate some of the costs for these important projects.”

The program requires matching funds from municipalities. 

Briggs also said that this year’s application period is now closed but should reopen later this year and begin accepting new applications from municipalities.