Lawmakers announce state grant for Reading traffic signal study

READING, Dec. 17 – State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank, all D-Berks, announced that Reading was awarded a $227,840 state grant to study and upgrade the downtown traffic signal system network.

“It’s incredibly important that we ensure traffic can move smoothly and safely through our downtown,” said Rozzi. “I’m pleased to see funding for this study awarded to the City of Reading.”

“A better understanding of Reading’s traffic flow is crucial if we are to improve public safety downtown,” said Caltagirone. “I look forward to the results of this study.”

“I am commending city officials for securing this competitive state grant funding," Schwank said. "This initiative will benefit residents, workers, visitors and businesses in downtown Reading by ensuring that our traffic control system works effectively and efficiently."

The grant was among $13.1 million in funding awarded to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities around the state at 41 locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The grants are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program.

More information is available on the traffic signals page under “Travel in PA” at www.penndot.gov.