Curry, Zabel announce $107,000 grant for Upper Darby Twp.

Grant will address pedestrian safety near Penn Pines Park

HARRISBURG, Dec. 28 – Continuing the work needed to improve local infrastructure and safety, state Reps. Gina Curry and Mike Zabel announced a grant for $107,370 has been approved for Upper Darby Township to improve pedestrian safety along West Providence Road.  

“This grant will address pedestrian safety near Penn Pines Park, creating detectable and visible warnings for drivers,” Zabel said. “I’m thankful this grant directs money to a worthy project located near a park where children, families and people should be safe.”

The grant will be used to improve pedestrian safety along the Providence Road corridor at Penn Pines Park by installing a flashing beacon, ADA accessible ramps and crosswalk striping. There will also be striping improvements at the intersection of Penn Pines Boulevard to help manage turning movements and improve sight distance.

“I’m excited to see the money provided by this grant will add an extra layer of protection for children and youth by improving the pedestrian crossing as well as improving visibility for drivers at the intersection,” Curry said. “Parks and green spaces are an invaluable part of our community, and this grant takes the added step of putting in place the protections needed to keep these areas a safe haven for our community members and their children.” 

The grant is one of 28 safety projects announced statewide, and PennDOT will distribute an estimated $12.9 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement funding.

Grants are funded by fines from red light violations at 32 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 132 applications totaling $48.3 million in requests.