O’Mara announces $227K awarded to Springfield Township to improve traffic safety

SPRINGFIELD, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that Springfield Township received a $227,025 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program.

The funds will be used to modernize signal facilities at the intersection of Powell Road and Saxer Avenue, improve pedestrian and vehicular safety and comply with ADA requirements.

“I know this intersection has been hazardous for drivers and pedestrians alike,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “I’m grateful to see that these state funds will help improve safety and traffic flow for our community.” 

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $91.59 million, funding 457 safety projects since 2010.

Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 116 applications, totaling almost $33.6 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.