Rozzi announces state grant for Fifth Street Highway safety improvements

TEMPLE, Dec. 6 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved today a $750,000 grant for Muhlenberg Township to bolster safety along Fifth Street Highway, state Rep. Mark Rozzi announced.

Proposed improvements include the construction of a median with landscaped islands, a safe zone for bicyclists and new, safe parking areas in designated zones and sidewalks along a 4-mile stretch of the corridor. Crosswalks will be improved at signaled intersections, a new bus stop will be constructed in a safe zone adjacent to the corridor, and LED street lights also will be installed to improve safety for pedestrians after dark.

“Congratulations to Muhlenberg Township for securing this grant,” Rozzi said. “The grant will help save taxpayers money as the township works to shore up a high-value project for the region. I’d also like to thank CFA for recognizing a wise investment in our community.

“I, like many area residents, look forward to these much-needed improvements along Fifth Street Highway.”

The total project cost is $2.48 million. There have been five fatal accidents in five years along Fifth Street Highway, which is a major retail and mixed-use corridor in Muhlenberg Township.

The grant comes from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which was established by Act 89 transportation funding set up in 2013. Rozzi voted for legislation that created the fund.