Cheltenham to receive $760,000 for traffic safety upgrades

Governor Wolf announced on Wednesday that Cheltenham Township will receive $420,250 for traffic signal equipment upgrades and $343,700 for traffic signal equipment and pavement marking upgrades.

The traffic upgrades will take place at three intersections to include installation of ADA compliant pedestrian pushbuttons and countdown pedestrian signal heads.

The traffic signal equipment and pavement marking upgrades will take place at the intersection of Rices Mill Road and Glenside Avenue.

The funding comes from PennDOT, which will distribute $15M in Automated Red-Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 32 municipalities statewide to fund 36 safety projects.

The ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

“This program helps communities across the state make important investments in traffic flow and safety,” Governor Wolf said. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”

According to the press release, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 36 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 151 applications, totaling $46 million in requests.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as safety benefits and effectiveness, cost, and local and regional impact. This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $127.79 million, funding 537 transportation enhancement projects since 2010.