Governor Wolf Announces Traffic Signal Improvements to Benefit 70 Municipalities Statewide

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities.
“This is the fourth round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Governor Wolf said. “The Green Light-Go program addresses mechanisms that if not functioning properly can aggravate congestion and impede traffic flow.”

Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program, grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light – Go Program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

Following is the funding recipient for Venango County, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the project.

Venango County:

  • Sandy Creek Township — $155,472 for the modernization of a traffic signal at Pittsburgh Road (State Route 8) and Pone Lane (SR 3021), including new poles, controller, and a southbound left-turn phase.

Following is the funding recipients for the rest of the state.

Allegheny County:

  • Allegheny County — $3,560,565 for improvements to pedestrian facilities at 35 traffic signals in the City of Pittsburgh’s Central Business District.
  • Bellevue Borough — $32,000 to install new LED traffic signal heads, new countdown pedestrian signals, and new audible push buttons at the traffic signal at North & South Freemont and Lincoln Avenue.
  • Carnegie Borough — $22,640 to update traffic signal timings at the intersection of Main Street and Jefferson Street.
  • Crafton Borough — $704,051 to modernize four traffic signals along Noble Avenue and Crennell Avenue.
  • Edgewood Borough — $139,478 to modernize the traffic signal at Maple Ave. and Edgewood/Swissvale to include LED signal heads with mast arm installation, loop detection, countdown pedestrian signals and ADA-compliant curb ramps.
  • Jefferson Hills Borough — $87,684 to modernize a traffic signal at River Road & Walton Road/Glass House Road including new strain poles, signal heads and signal controller.
  • Marshall Township — $562,191 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at six intersections along State Route 910 near I-79.
  • Monroeville Borough — $226,709 for modernization of a traffic signal at Monroeville Boulevard at Wyngate Drive.
  • Mount Lebanon Township — $220,000 for replacement of the traffic signal at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and North Wren Drive/Firwood Drive to accommodate realignment to a four-way intersection.
  • Penn Hills Township — $45,372 for LED Replacement at four intersections along Frankstown Road and Verona Road.
  • Scott Township — $304,800 to upgrade seven traffic signals along Bower Hill Road and Greentree Road including complete replacement of a signal at Bower Hill Road & Vanadium Road, retiming and coordination, a southbound left-turn advance phase for Bower Hill Road at Painters Run, and detection upgrades.
  • Versailles Borough — $265,191 for modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection.
  • White Oak Borough — $601,808 for modernization of six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection.

Berks County:

  • Brecknock Township — $1,652 for LED replacement at the traffic signal at State Routes 568 and 625.
  • Exeter Township — $89,600 for upgraded video detection at Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. Route 422)/Gibraltar Road and Demoss Road/Gibraltar Road.
  • Reading — $844,640 for modernization of four traffic signals along North Front Street.

Blair County:

  • Altoona — $360,022 for modernization of two traffic signals at 12th Avenue/13th Street and 13th Avenue/16th Street, including foundation and mast arm replacement, upgrading controller equipment, dedicated pedestrian facilities, installing radio communications and connection to a closed loop traffic signal system.

Bucks County:

  • Bensalem Township — $740,000 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at 12 intersections along Bristol Pike.
  • Bristol Township — $497,621 to modernize two traffic signals at New Falls Road/Woodbourne/Edgely/Emilie and Edgely Road/Mill Creek Road.
  • Northampton Township — $208,850 to modernize three traffic signals along Jacksonville Road and Almshouse Road including installation of video detection, radar dilemma zone detection, ADA-compliant push buttons, and battery back-up.
  • Warminster Township — $226,849 to upgraded detection and traffic signal timing modifications at five signals along Johnsville, Mearns, Jacksonville, and Street Roads.

Butler County:

  • Butler Township — $415,686 to modernize equipment at 17 traffic signals including signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, and push buttons. Emergency preemption and radar detection will also be added.

Cambria County:

  • Stonycreek Township — $187,500 for modernization of a traffic signal at Bedford Street and Penrod Street including complete replacement of the traffic signal including new emergency vehicle preemption and pedestrian signals.

Centre County:

  • Ferguson Township — $80,000 for modernizing loop detectors with dilemma zone radar detection at three intersections along Blue Course Drive and College Avenue.

Chester County:

  • Schuylkill Township — $237,336 for interconnection of traffic signals along Pothouse Road and Whitehorse Road.
  • West Chester Borough — $688,000 for installation of radio communications and modernization of traffic signal controllers to 23 traffic signals in the borough with a connection to the PennDOT District 6 Regional Traffic Management Center via trunk fiber connection along US Route 202.
  • Willistown Township — $246,320 to install fiber optic communications between six signals along Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30).

Clearfield County:

  • Bradford Township — $48,000 to modernize the traffic signal at Shawville Highway and Doe Hill Road including radar detection, uninterruptible power supply, relocating the controller assembly, and signal retiming.
  • Sandy Township — $76,000 to modernize to radar vehicle detection at four traffic signals along Bee Line Highway (State Route 255).

Columbia County:

  • South Centre Township — $27,600 for retiming of the traffic signal at U.S. Route 11 and Market Street and modernization of video detection, uninterruptible power supply, and a new controller assembly.

Cumberland County:

  • Carlisle — $139,385 for modernization of a traffic signal at High Street and Orange Street including upgrading poles to mast arms, and upgrading to infrared detection.
  • Mechanicsburg — $78,581 to modernize 10 traffic signals in the downtown including signal retiming implementation, LED replacement, and traffic signal controller upgrades.
  • Silver Spring Township — $82,939 for LED replacement at 24 intersections within the township.

Dauphin County:

  • Halifax Township — $9,421 for LED replacement at the intersection of State Routes 147 & 225.
  • Swatara Township — $195,880 for modernization of the traffic signal at Paxton Street & 28th Street including replacement of a failing traffic signal pole.

Delaware County:

  • Concord Township — $243,728 for LED replacement at 16 traffic signals within the township.
  • Media Borough — $129,680 for video detection upgrades at 13 intersections.

Erie County:

  • Albion Borough — $223,055 to replace the traffic signal at State Street (U.S. Route 6N) and Main Street (State Route 18).
  • Eric County — $255,688 for complete modernization of the traffic signal at East 10th Street and Holland Avenue in the City of Erie.
  • Union City — $120,000 for corridor improvements to three traffic signals along Main Street (U.S. Route 6) including countdown pedestrian signals and LED replacement.

Lackawanna County:

  • City of Carbondale — $136,365 to modernize countdown pedestrian signals with ADA-compliant push buttons at 12 traffic signals along Main Street and Church Street along with the installation of video detection.

Lancaster County:

  • East Lampeter Township — $9,200 for installation of a northbound left-turn signal phase at Strasburg Pike and Millport Road.

Luzerne County:

  • Hazleton — $180,030 for complete modernization of the traffic signal at Church Street (State Route 309) and 5th Street.
  • West Pittston Borough — $460,647 for complete modernization of two traffic signals at Wyoming Avenue (U.S. Route 11)/Luzerne Avenue and U.S. Route 11/Montgomery Avenue.

Lycoming County:

  • Williamsport — $643,542 for complete modernization of two traffic signals along East Third Street including crosswalk improvements.

Mercer County:

  • Hermitage City — $204,640 to upgrade the intersection of Keel Ridge Road & East State Street including new signal heads, mast arms, controller assembly, wiring, and radar detection.
  • Sharon City — $316,061 to complete modernization of a traffic signal at South Sharpsvile Avenue, East Connelly Boulevard (U.S. Route 62), and Shenango Valley Freeway.

Monroe County:

  • Pocono Township — $359,658 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at seven intersections along State Routes 611 and 715.
  • Smithfield Township — $552,682 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at 10 intersections along U.S. Route 209 in Smithfield Township and Middle Smithfield Township.
  • Stroud Township — $502,439 to add an intersection to the existing system and add adaptive traffic signal system for four intersections along State Route 611.

Montgomery County:

  • Abington Township — $428,560 to fully modernize two traffic signals at Greenwood Avenue/Washington Lane and Jenkintown Road/Meetinghouse Road including new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, and controllers, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up and upgraded ADA ramps.
  • Horsham Township — $597,626 to modernize traffic signals and install fiber optic communications at five intersections along Horsham Road and Dresher Road.
  • Lower Merion Township — $762,654 to extend the Wynnewood Road adaptive signal system to add two adjacent intersections (Lancaster/Ole Wynnewood, East Wynnewood/Williams) and implement an adaptive system on County Line Road at three intersections (Bryn Mawr Avenue/Glenbrook Road, Lindsay, and Landover) adjacent to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
  • Lower Moreland Township — $395,704 to completely modernize a traffic signal at Huntingdon Pike and Philmont Avenue/Welsh Road including new mast arms, controller assembly, battery back-up, vehicle detection, and accessible pedestrian signals.
  • Towamencin Township — $341,600 to upgrade to countdown pedestrian signals with ADA-compliant push buttons and upgrading loop detection to video detection and radar dilemma zone detection at 16 traffic signals.
  • Trappe Borough — $252,800 to install a coordinated system to operate two signals on Main Street (SR 4031) including new controllers, countdown pedestrian signals, video detection, new ADA ramps and LED replacements.
  • Upper Moreland Township — $252,520 to modernize the traffic signal at Byberry Road and Davisville Road, including new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, controllers, video detection, radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up, and upgraded pedestrian crossings and ADA ramps.
  • Upper Providence Township — $232,000 for modernization of a traffic signal at Linfield-Trappe Road and Township Line Road including replacement of wooden strain poles with conventional mast arms.
  • Whitpain Township — $243,012 for upgrades to five traffic signals along Skippack Pike, including controllers, video detection, dilemma zone detection, emergency preemption, ADA push buttons, GPS time clocks, and signal head replacement.

Northampton County:

  • Hellertown Borough — $67,982 for pedestrian signal upgrades at four intersections along State Route 412.

Northumberland County:

  • Ralpho Township — $399,294 to modernize the traffic signal at State Route 487 & State Route 54, including new signal supports, signal heads, vehicle detection, controller equipment, emergency preemption, battery back-up, lighting, pedestrian accommodations, and a westbound left turn lane.

Philadelphia:

  • $3,207,255 to modernize 20 Intersections along the 2nd Street Corridor with the installation of traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center, pavement markings and ADA curb ramps.
  • $1,795,014 for installation of wireless communication to interconnect 60 traffic signals and connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center.
  • $4,667,869 to modernize 23 Intersections along the Oregon Avenue Corridor with the installation of traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center, pavement markings and ADA curb ramps.

Union County:

  • East Buffalo Township — $372,179 to modernize and improve safety improvements at two intersections along U.S. Route 15 including strain pole replacement, uninterruptible power supply, LED replacement, and upgraded vehicle detection.

Washington County:

  • Chartiers Township — $46,400 for modernization to the traffic signal at Pike Street, Allison Hollow Road and Racetrack Road including ADA-compliant pedestrian accommodations, installation of radar detection, and additional left turn phases.

York County:

  • Springettsbury Township — $251,163 for detection upgrades to traffic signals at State Route 24 and Kingston Road and Eastern Boulevard, upgrades to Northern Way & Wolf Drive, and modernization of a traffic signal at Haines Road and Eastern Boulevard.
  • West Manchester Township — $313,612 for modernization of a traffic signal at State Route 462 Zarfoss Road.

A list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA.” Follow PennDOT on Twitter or on Facebook.

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PennDOT Partners with Police Departments to Target Aggressive Driving During Enforcement Initiative

Aggressive Driving

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and 232 municipal police agencies are conducting a regional aggressive-driving wave as part of the national mobilization that starts today and continues through August 26, 2018.

To promote safety, police departments will target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as red light running, speeding, tailgating and failing to steer clear of emergency vehicles. 

The enforcement wave coincides with National Stop on Red Week (August 5 to 11, 2018).

 The following northwest Pennsylvania police departments are participating in the initiative:

  • Crawford County — Meadville Police Department;
  • Erie County — City of Erie and Millcreek Township;
  • Mercer County — City of Hermitage;
  • Venango County — City of Franklin, City of Oil City and Sugarcreek Borough; and
  • Warren County — City of Warren and Conewango Township.

Speeding and other aggressive-driving behaviors are major factors in Pennsylvania crashes. According to PennDOT data, speeding played a role in 31,051 crashes in 2017, including 441 fatal crashes.

The goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of aggressive-driving related crashes, injuries, and deaths. Police will be on the lookout for aggressive driving behaviors such as running red lights, failing to obey stop signs, and speeding. Motorists spotted driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, texting, or other aggressive-driving actions will also be cited.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 27,711 aggressive-driving related citations, including 11,858 for speeding. Failing to traffic control devices like stop signs and red lights was the second most-common offense, resulting in 1,440 citations.

Below is a table showing the number of crashes and fatalities attributed to aggressive driving behaviors and distracted driving statewide in 2017, according to PennDOT data.

 

Contributing Factor Crashes Fatal crashes
Speed-Related 31,051 441
Distracted Driver 15,614 58
Improper Turning-Related 14,004 60
Proceeded Without Clearance 8,967 64
Careless/Illegal Passing 4,793 54
Tailgating 6,800 19

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For additional information on aggressive driving, go online to www.penndot/gov/safety.

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Intersection Improvements Scheduled to Begin Next Week on Route 322/13th Street in Franklin, Venango County

13th Street Project

Upgrades to Route 322 (13th Street) in Franklin, Venango County will begin July 9, 2018.

Work will be done between the intersection with Route 322 and Howard Street, and the intersection of Route 322, Route 417, and Meadville Pike.

The project includes asphalt paving, as well as improvements to drainage, traffic signals, pavement marking, and signing. Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will also make improvements to the railroad crossing in connection with the roadway project.

Work will begin July 9, 2018, and to be completed by August 10, 2018.

Separate truck and car detours will be posted starting July 30, 2018, and will remain in place for 10 days.

The truck detour will be posted using Route 322, Route 417, and Route 8.

The car detour will be posted using Route 322, Route 8, Front Street (Route 4002), and Route 417.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., of State College, PA. The contract is $872,564, which is to be paid 100 percent with federal funds.

This project is made possible in part by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

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Project to Rebuild a Portion of the Route 62 Retaining Wall in Venango County Underway

Work to rebuild more than 500 feet of the Route 62/Route8 (Allegheny Boulevard) retaining wall in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County has begun.

The project includes the removal and reconstruction of 540 feet of the southern end of the retaining wall, which runs between the northbound lanes of Route 62/Route 8 and the Allegheny River. Work will also include roadway reconstruction.

No detour is anticipated with this project. During construction, both northbound and southbound traffic will be restricted to one lane between Oil City and the village of Reno.

The work started June 25, 2018, and to be completed by October 5, 2018.

The contractor is Francis J. Palo, of Clarion, PA. The contract cost is $3,643,567, which is to be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

This project is made possible in part by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

 

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Project to Rebuild a Portion of the Route 62 Retaining Wall in Venango County to Start Next Week

Rt 8/62 Project

Work to rebuild more than 500 feet of the Route 62/Route8 (Allegheny Boulevard) retaining wall in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County will start next week.

The project includes the removal and reconstruction of 540 feet of the southern end of the retaining wall, which runs between the northbound lanes of Route 62/Route 8 and the Allegheny River. Work will also include roadway reconstruction.

No detour is anticipated with this project. During construction, both northbound and southbound traffic will be restricted to one lane between Oil City and the village of Reno.

The work is expected to start June 25, 2018, and to be completed by October 5, 2018.

The contractor is Francis J. Palo, of Clarion, PA. The contract cost is $3,643,567, which is to be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

This project is made possible in part by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

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PennDOT to Hold Public Meeting to Provide Update on Route 8 Study, Venango County

The northwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to attend a second open house meeting on the Route 8 Asset Management and Corridor Improvement Study.

During the meeting, representatives from PennDOT and Michael Baker International will provide an update on the study and review the recommendations for the corridor.

The meeting will be held:

DATE:            Tuesday June 26, 2018
TIME:              5:30 to 7:00 PM
Presentation at 5:45 PM
LOCATION:   Franklin Area Jr./Sr. High School auditorium
246 Pone Lane
Franklin, PA 16323

The public is welcome to attend at any time during the open house hours.

PennDOT has been studying options to best manage and improve Route 8 (Richard Frame Memorial Highway) in Venango County between Georgetown Road in Irwin Township and DeBence Drive in Sandy Creek Township, a distance of about 10.5 miles.

The purpose of the study is to identify issues related to existing Route 8, including existing and future traffic operations, safety, corridor deficiencies, roadway and bridge conditions, support of planning initiatives, and support of the regional economy. Maintenance of the roadway is becoming more costly and the existing concrete pavement and bridges are approaching the end of their design life.

The study has examined options for improvements or changes to the roadway configuration and determined a long-range strategy for maintaining and improving the corridor.

Based on earlier study results, PennDOT refined the study to focus on four-lane options only. An economic analysis has been done to determine the cost of maintaining the current four-lane roadway section for long-term asset management.

Information on the study’s purpose, status, schedule, existing and forecast roadway conditions, an evaluation of the ideas considered, and the recommended four-lane option will be available for review and comment. PennDOT representatives, along with our design consultants, will make a brief presentation and will be available to answer questions.

The meeting location is handicapped accessible. The project documents will be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services, we ask that you contact Tom McClelland, P.E., no later than June 19 at thmcclella@pa.gov, or 814-678-7081.

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State Route 427 Closure Information

Bridge Preservation is scheduled to begin June 25, 2018 on bridge located between Beatty Run Road and Sleepy Hollow Drive. Notification signs will be in place prior to the closure.

Detour signs will be posted. The anticipated date bridge will be re-open is September 7, 2018.

Clearwater Construction, Inc out of Mercer was awarded the contract.

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School Lock Down

Sugarcreek Police were dispatched to the area of the Rocky Grove High School for a possible unknown domestic situation.

The call went into Venango 911 at 12:10pm June 1, 2018 and dispatchers heard a threatening remark followed by loud commotion but no one was on the line. Dispatchers were able to ping the phone’s location to the area of the gym.

Police requested the building go into lock down due to the unknown situation.

Dispatchers were later able to determine the call was coming from a cell phone inside the building and directed police to the classroom.

All students checked their phones and one found they had unintentionally pocket dialed 911 while in gym class and it stayed connected for 13 minutes.

After it was confirmed that there was no emergency the lock down was lifted.

No charges and no school action is being taken against the student.

Borough police were assisted by Franklin Police and the Venango County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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PSP, PennDOT Focus on Summer Driving Safety With ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and municipal departments across Pennsylvania today announced that they will partner to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement from May 14 through June 3, 2018.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. After turning 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. During “Click It or Ticket,” law enforcement adopts a zero-tolerance approach toward violators.

As part of the enforcement, PSP, along with agencies across the eastern half of the United States, will participate in a Border-to-Border initiative to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety. According to PennDOT data, 378 unrestrained fatalities occurred in 2017, a decrease from 408 in 2016.

“Seat belts are the first line of defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash and buckling up is the number one thing drivers and passengers can do to keep themselves safe in a car,” said Major James B. Basinger, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Adults should wear a seat belt – every trip, every time – and ensure children are properly buckled in an appropriate child passenger safety seat.”

During “Click It or Ticket,” troopers certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of two are required to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until their eighth birthday.

A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available at www.psp.pa.gov.

“The consistent use of seat belts and child passenger safety seats save lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people taking the simple step of buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania’s roads.”

The efforts of PennDOT and PSP will be supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with national advertising that airs across TV, radio, internet, and social media to convey the message that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws. The ads, airing in English and Spanish, are designed to generate awareness of stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws and the increased chance of getting a ticket if you’re not buckled up.

For more information on seat belt safety visit, www.penndot.gov/safety.

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82 Improvement Projects to Bolster Public Transit, Communities Across Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said.

The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

“Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” Richards added.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

The following is a list of awards for the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside for Venango County.

Venango

  • Venango County – $1,000,000 for construction of a multi-use trail along the Route 8/US 62 corridor in coordination with a PennDOT safety project.
  • City of Franklin – $966,760 to rehabilitate and install new lighting, sidewalk, curbing and driveway aprons in downtown Franklin.
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