Miller announces $925,801 in state traffic grants for Mt. Lebanon

MT. LEBANON, May 12 – Intersection improvements in three areas of Mt. Lebanon and traffic signal upgrades at 30 locations throughout the township will be funded by nearly $926,000 in state grants announced by state Rep. Dan Miller.

“This significant state investment in Mt. Lebanon is a welcome development,” Miller said. “Although these grants require a 20 percent local match, which totals about $231,500, state funding will cover 80 percent of the cost of these important advancements to aid traffic flow.”

Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, said the Green Light-Go Municipal Signal Partnership Program is supplying funding for these amounts and purposes:

• $152,489 for intersection improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street.
• $363,520 for traffic signal upgrades at 30 intersections within Mt. Lebanon Township.
• $178,760 for intersection improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive.
• $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road.

Keith A. McGill, Mt. Lebanon’s municipal manager, said the funding will provide for installation of radar detection, battery back-up power supply, and/or new traffic controllers at several intersections. He said it will also go toward replacing signal equipment at the aforementioned three intersections.

“This is great news. These projects have been in our Capital Improvement Plan for a number of years but we have previously not been able to move them forward due to funding challenges,” McGill said. “These upgrades will not only provide some much-needed upgrades in the immediate future, but they will provide the added benefit of potentially reducing future maintenance costs.”

The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve traffic flow and safety.

More than more 90 grants worth a total $33 million were awarded statewide, Miller said.