Washington Twp. awarded red light enforcement funds

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HARRISBURG—Washington Township is one of 22 municipalities across the state to receive funding to improve traffic safety.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will distribute $12.9 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement funding to 22 municipalities statewide to fund 28 safety projects.

Washington Township will receive $30,700 to conduct a traffic study along the Route 16 corridor, develop an optimal timing plan, and implement the necessary changes to enhance the flow of traffic in this corridor.

Pennsylvania’s 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 investments in safety and efficient traffic flow,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge, and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”

Grant funding is supplied 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. 

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 $112.7 million, funding 501 transportation enhancement projects since 2010.