Letters to the Editor

first_imgDonors, volunteers made a big differenceThe year 2018 was another year marked by record-breaking disasters across the United States, with millions of people turning to the American Red Cross for help in their darkest hours. Time and again, we called on our community for support, and you answered generously with gifts of time, money, and blood.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPost office must do more to stop thievesRe Dec. 7 article, “No holiday for the thief and the scammer”:  I’m so glad you wrote that article.  I’m somewhat disabled and can’t do much walking, so I shop QVC and HSN, which means my packages arrive in the mail.Last year, my post person (female) was wonderful. She always put my packages out of sight. This year, it’s a different story. My packages are left in plain sight of the street. Thankfully, I’ve been home every time and have gotten them.I’ve told the postmen, I have several, to put them where they won’t be seen. Some do, Some don’t. It’s like talking to a wall. I’ve spoken to the post office several times as well. They told me they will leave a note for the person delivering them. It didn’t help. One day when a package was left, to be seen again, I called the post office for three-and-a-half hours straight. No one answered. A recording said: “A supervisor was unavailable at this time.”UPS puts my packages where they won’t be seen and also knocks on my door. It only takes a few seconds to do this. The post office should have meetings once in a while and the subject should be brought up. I’m sure I’m not the only person this has happened to.The article mentioned what the people should do. May be the post office should read the article and then do their part. Hoping for improvements.Carol LeipSchenectadycenter_img Red Cross volunteers from the Capital Region played a critical role in responding to local and national disasters alike.From Hurricanes Florence and Michael, to the devastating California wildfires, to the tragic limousine accident in Schoharie, local volunteers were on the front lines offering comfort and hope in the face of heartbreak.Home fires were the emergency we responded to most frequently in 2018. More than 800 families across our region experienced home fires this year, at a rate of more than one fire a day. That’s why in addition to providing immediate assistance to families affected by fires, we visited nearly 2,500 homes and installed nearly 6,000 free smoke alarms to help end home fire tragedies in our community.As 2018 draws to a close, and I look back on another year of incredible work made possible by our generous donors and volunteers, I simply want to say thank you. The Red Cross delivers help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we couldn’t do it without you. Please visit redcross.org/eny to learn more about our work in 2018 and see how you can get more involved in 2019. Thank you, and happy holidays!Gary StriarAlbanyThe writer is the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Eastern NY Region.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Nearly 40 Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Funds

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects.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 traffic flow and safety,” Governor Wolf said. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge, and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests.Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $78.49 million, funding 416 safety projects since 2010.The 50 approved projects are as follows:Allegheny County:• Churchill Borough – $107,000 to upgrade traffic signal controllers, install battery backup systems, and new LED traffic signal heads at three intersections.• City of Pittsburgh – $165,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and Bayard Street with new traffic signal supports, LED signal heads, full pedestrian accommodations and detection system.• McKeesport City – $344,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at intersection of Versailles Avenue and Evans Street by installing new traffic signal supports, signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection, and new ADA curb ramps; to create a Traffic Safety Program that would assess the needs of intersections throughout the city where there are large pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, speeding issues and sight distance problems; and to install Accessible Pedestrian Signals at the intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street.• Mt. Lebanon Township – $268,149 to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing an auxiliary right turn lane on the Segar Road approach to Bower Hill Road; to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing of an auxiliary right turn lane on the Bower Hill Road approach to Washington Road, and to replace strain poles with Mast Arms at the intersection; and to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and push buttons at various locations.• Richland Township – $164,000 to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and pedestrian push buttons at various locations.• Springdale Borough – $505,500 to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and School Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities; and to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and James Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities.• Swissvale Borough – $60,000 to upgrade traffic signal heads and the traffic signal controller, and to install a battery backup system at the intersection of South Braddock Avenue and Waverly Street/Edgewood Avenue.Berks County• Amity Township – $173,245 to improve safety by modifying the traffic signal left turn phasing at Route 422 and Monocacy Creek Road and reconstructing the center median on the Eastern leg.• Exeter Township – $299,000 to reconstruct the traffic signal at the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue and East Neversink Road by installing mast arms, video and dilemma zone detection, emergency pre-emption, and ADA compliant pedestrian accommodations.• Muhlenberg Township – $79,596 to improve safety by rehabilitating school warning signal system on Kutztown Road.Bucks County• Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system, and emergency preemption system.• Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers.• Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway signposts.• Northampton Township – $137,000 to improve pedestrian and traffic signal improvements at four intersections by installing pedestrian countdown timers, emergency vehicle preemption, video detection and radar detection.• Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades.Cambria County• Loretto Borough – $50,000 to improve pedestrians and motorist safety at Syberton Road from Saint Michael School to the Basilica of Saint Michael Church by installing pedestrian crossing, detectable warning devices, a level walkway, pavement markings, and flashing warning signals.Centre County• Ferguson Township – $80,000 to upgrade bicycles/motorcycles detection by installing dilemma zone and digital radar detections at two signalized intersections; Blue Course Drive & Circleville Road/Teaberry Lane and Blue Course Drive & Havershire Boulevard.• Huston Township – $25,000 to improve safety on Route 3040 (Alt220) to the east of the village of Julian by installing a new solar-powered flashing warning sign on pedestal support pole.Chester County• East Whiteland Township – $71,216 to maintain and improve safety by deploying portable traffic control signals at desirable locations throughout the township.Columbia County• Town of Bloomsburg – $301,154 to improve safety at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Street by fully modernizing the traffic signal and adding emergency vehicle preemption.Erie County• City of Erie – $72,040 to upgrade fluorescent and incandescent railroad preemption signs with LEDs at four intersections.Lackawanna County• Dickson City Borough – $335,000 to install a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Bowman Street and Main Street.Lancaster County• City of Lancaster – $563,080 to upgrade school beacon flashers located at 12 schools throughout the city; and to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety at four intersections along Christian Street by installing ADA curb ramps, vegetated curb bump outs, and speed tables.• East Petersburg Borough – $218,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and State Street by installing updated traffic signal supports, hand/person pedestrian signals, ADA-compliant pedestrian pushbuttons, MUTCD compliant lights, high-intensity grade reflective signal material, and the use of LED signals.• Mount Joy Borough – $219,060 to upgrade pedestrian signals at five intersections along Main Street by installing HAND/MAN countdown LED signals and APS pedestrian push buttons.Luzerne County• City of Hazleton – $269,430 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of 15th Street and Grant Street by installing mast arms, new signal heads, pedestrian countdown signals with push buttons, video detection system, emergency preemption system, pavement markings, and ADA ramps.Montgomery County• Abington Township – $189,520 to modernize the traffic signal at the intersection of Meetinghouse Road and Fox Chase Road by installing updated signal equipment, detection, pedestrian push buttons and ADA curb ramps.• Upper Dublin Township – $380,000 to improve traffic signal and geographic layout of the intersection of Susquehanna Road and Fitzwatertown Road by upgrading the signal controller and installing pedestrian countdown signals, new battery backup, mast arms, dilemma zone detection, traffic adaptive system and a protected left turn lane.• Upper Moreland Township – $106,500 to upgrade pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Blair Mill Road and Horsham Road by installing countdown pedestrian signals, emergency preemption, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection.Northampton County• Forks Township – $411,798 to upgrade signals along Sullivan Trail by installing battery backup system, ADA-compliant curb ramps, continental-style crosswalk pavement markings, and pedestrian countdown timers with pushbuttons.Northumberland County• City of Sunbury – $317,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of North Fourth Street and Reagan Street by installing a new mast arm, ADA compliant curb cuts and crosswalk, new vehicle detection and pedestrian signals with push buttons.Philadelphia County• City of Philadelphia – $7.6 million to continue the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program, by deploying traffic calming strategies at various locations throughout the city; to continue Philadelphia’s Modern Roundabout Program by replacing geometrically complex signalized intersections with roundabouts at four possible locations; Ardleigh Street & Vernon Road, Cobbs Creek Parkway & 70th Street, Montgomery Avenue & Belmont Avenue, and Pine Road & Shady Lane; to establish a citywide program to improve pedestrian and traffic safety by improving LED street lighting expecting to cover approximately 35 city blocks; to improve safety along Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63rd Street to Upland Street by replacing guiderail system; to identify and implement Pavement Marking and Signing Asset Management throughout the city; and to expand and upgrade arterials by integrating them into ATMS in which new signal controllers are being interconnected with single-mode fiber optic system.Potter County• Bingham Township – $35,000 to improve safety at Northern Potter School with new solar powered flashing devices, pedestal and signage.Washington County• East Washington Borough – $56,000 to improve safety at along East Beau Street by installing LED school zone speed limit warning devices.Westmoreland County• Hempfield Township – $70,000 to upgrade school zone speed warning devices at two schools.• Sewickley Township – $53,000 to improve safety at Young Senior High School along Lowber Road by installing speed limit sign with flashing beacons.York County• Spring Grove Borough – $229,855 to improve safety at the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street by improving the geometric layout, stripping and curbing, and installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon on Main Street.• Windsor Borough – $8,614 to install emergency vehicle preemption equipment at the intersection of Main Street and Penn Street.For more information, visit the traffic signals page under “Travel In PA” at www.penndot.gov, or email RA-PDSIGNALFUNDING@pa.gov. May 29, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Announces Nearly 40 Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Fundslast_img read more