DeLuca: $328K awarded to Penn Hills for traffic upgrades

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced on Monday the disbursement of $328,803 in state funding to Penn Hills for a traffic upgrade.

DeLuca said the funding, awarded through the state Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement fund, will go to modernize and update traffic and pedestrian signals and equipment at the intersection of Frankstown Road, Spring Grove Road and Shenandoah Drive.  The outdated and failing equipment will be replaced with new equipment that will improve the safety for vehicular and pedestrian traffic through this heavily traveled intersection.

“Today, significant funding is going toward, and will benefit, the overall safety of Penn Hills residents,” DeLuca said. “Ensuring safe roadways is another step in making Penn Hills a destination town, and it’s my hope these upgrades will have an immediate impact in our community.”

DeLuca said Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

Funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding.

Since 2010, 473 transportation enhancement projects have been funded by ARLE.