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Valley News Dispatch

3 Alle-Kiski towns getting $514K for traffic signal improvements

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 4:37 a.m.
Vehicles bottle neck at the Butler Street and Pittsburgh Street traffic light. Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Vehicles bottle neck at the Butler Street and Pittsburgh Street traffic light. Tuesday Feb 27, 2018

Three Alle-Kiski Valley municipalities are among 35 statewide getting a share of nearly $11.5 million from the state to install new traffic signals and upgrade existing ones.

Verona is getting $200,000, Springdale will receive $192,000 and Allegheny Township was awarded $122,000.

The money comes from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia.

Projects aimed at improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding.

Municipalities submitted more than 143 applications for more than $34 million. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost-sharing.

Nearly 370 projects totaling about $63 million have been funded through the program since 2010.

The Alle-Kiski projects funded are:

Verona — $200,000 for installation of a traffic signal at Allegheny River Boulevard and Wildwood Avenue.

Springdale — $192,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh and Butler streets. The money will be used to improve traffic signal supports, install LED lights in the signals, improve pedestrian facilities and upgrading controller and detection systems.

Councilman Mike Ziencik said the borough wanted the signs and lights updated in order to make it brighter and more visible.

“It's basically a safety issue,” he said.

Ziencik said the borough applied for the money last year.

“We were lucky to receive it, so we're going to take advantage,” he said.

Allegheny Township — $122,000 to upgrade all traffic signals and warning devices with LEDs bulbs throughout the township.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer. Staff writer Emily Balser contributed to this report.

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