McClinton announces grants for proposed traffic projects along Cobbs Creek Parkway

HARRISBURG, May 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. /Delaware, today announced upcoming traffic projects scheduled along Cobbs Creek Parkway in Philadelphia, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program.

The grant, supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia, totals in at $15.4 million distributed statewide, with $7.6 million staying in Philadelphia.

A portion of the funding awarded to Philadelphia will be used towards guiderail system replacement on Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63rd  Street to Upland Street, and a proposed roundabout installation at Cobbs Creek Parkway and 70th Street.

“Driving along Cobbs Creek Parkway can be difficult, the deep winding roads has resulted in drivers veering off the road into the woods, and during rush hour, travel times are greatly increased due to traffic congestion,” McClinton said. “I am happy to see this grant used to possibly alleviate these issues by allowing traffic flow to move steadily and at a safe pace.”

Since 2010, the Automated Red Light Enforcement program has funded 416 safety projects throughout Pennsylvania, totaling $78.49 million. This year, municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.