Schlossberg: $830K grant to City of Allentown for traffic safety improvement


ALLENTOWN, April 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced a grant totaling $830,750 to the City of Allentown for traffic signal and safety improvements at four heavily travelled intersections between Highland Street and Summer Avenue.

Schlossberg said the improvements include installation of a new traffic signal, traffic signal upgrades and installation of a pedestrian flasher.

“This is a very high-traffic road in Allentown and it’s a huge safety concern,” Schlossberg said. “I’m glad to see this important safety project advance. When I voted in support of Act 89 of 2013, it was these types of efforts in our neighborhoods that prompted me to cast difficult votes. As a result, pedestrians—including students walking to Trexler Middle School—will be safer.”

The grant was awarded through the state Transportation Department’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.