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PennDOT announces $1.8 million in “Green Light-Go” traffic signal funding

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HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT)- PennDOT says 38 municipalities including four area counties, will receive $1.8 million to underwrite the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the new “Green Light-Go” program.
In addition, PennDOT is now accepting applications from municipalities for the second round of Green Light-Go funding.

“Improving traffic signals will pay significant dividends for residents and travelers across Pennsylvania,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Green Light-Go will be an ongoing program that will help traffic move better and eliminate needless travel delays.”

During the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015, up to $25 million will be allocated to municipalities for installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.
The application period runs from December 20, 2014, to Feb. 27, 2015.

Under the Green Light-Go program, projects on corridors with fewer than 10,000 vehicles per day will be managed by the municipality, and PennDOT will manage any project with signals on corridors that have greater than 10,000 vehicles per day. Both types of projects will require a 50 percent match from the municipality.
Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan that Gov. Tom Corbett signed in November 2013.

Materials about applying for the program can be found at A notice about the new application period appeared Saturday in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Commonwealth’s official notification publication.
In addition to facilitating improvements through the program, PennDOT will also use first-round Green Light-Go funding for a comprehensive traffic signal asset data collection project that will assemble accurate data about traffic signals statewide. This effort is critical to improving the program and will take existing data from PennDOT, municipalities, contractors and others to create one complete record. The department can use the combined data for its new electronic statewide Traffic Signal Asset Management System, which will be available to all municipalities at no cost.

The local municipalities in four counties selected to receive funding:

Adams County: Straban Township – $18,043 to upgrade eight traffic signals in the township to LEDs along U.S. 30 and at intersection of Old Harrisburg Road and Boyds School Road.

Cumberland County: Lower Allen Township – $34,500 for traffic signal retiming at nine intersections and to upgrade a single intersection and a school zone flasher to LEDs.

Lancaster County: City of Lancaster – $148,448 to upgrade traffic signals at 28 intersections to LEDs, data collection at 8 intersections, and a single traffic signal removal study all within the city.

York County:
• Glen Rock Borough – $822 to upgrade a traffic signal to LEDs at the intersection of Route 216 and Route 616.
• Hanover Borough – $39,700 to upgrade traffic signals at 21 intersections to LEDs within the borough.



  • OneMan'sOpinion

    A focus about putting LED lights in place is most ridiculous. You need to make sure the loops (commonly called sensors and incorrectly assumed to be based on weight of a vehicle) in the road are working. No matter what signal timing programs are engineered, lanes with broken loops are botching up the entire system. There are loops that have been broken for over 5 years that I can give examples. There are temporary changes made to loop connections in the box for construction projects that have never ever been restored to the Signal and Timing specs engineered for an intersection. LED lamps will only reduce changing light bulbs and electricity costs. Don’t focus flailing the pom-poms for LED lights as if this is some sort of benefit to congestion because that is one of the most preposterous conclusions that any highway engineer can see through. Maybe the public will buy it though.

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