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, or email May 29, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Announces Nearly 40 Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Fundslast_img read more

IMCA crowns record 103 Allstar Performance State champions in 2016

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Sixty-four of the record 103 IMCA Allstar Performance State crowns awarded this season went to first-time champions in their respective divisions.Each Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car state champion receives a $100 gift card from Allstar Performance.The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer gives $50 gift cards to each IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champion.Myron DeYoung paced the point race for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers in Michigan for the sixth time in his career. Ricky Stephan’s title in South Dakota was his third straight; he’d also won state hon­ors for Iowa three times.Drew Armstrong’s Arkansas state championship was his career fifth. Tim Ward adds the Iowa prize to a collection that already includes two plaques from his home state of Arizona and another from Nebraska.Three-time Modified champs were Greg Durbin, Jeremy Meirhofer, Dean Deming and Cory Sam­ple in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico and Nevada, respectively.Jason Barnhill was state champion in Alabama. He ruled the Florida standings in 2015. Other drivers winning second state crowns were Randy Brown in California, Daryl Hay in Mis­souri, Collen Winebarger in Oregon, Chase Hansen in Utah and Marcus Yarie in Wisconsin.First-time Modified state champions were Chaz Baca in Arizona, Aaron Monie in Colorado, Kyle Rutkoski in Florida, Chris Clark in Idaho, Steven Bowers Jr. in Kansas, Josh Beaulieu in Minne­sota, Jason Wolla in North Dakota, Anthony Roth in Nebraska, Will Ward in New York, Tate Cole in Oklahoma, Matt Guillaume in Texas and Eddie Kirchoff in Wyoming.Guillaume was previously a two-time Stock Car champion in Texas.Drivers winning the first IMCA Late Model state titles of their respective careers were Luke Goedert in Iowa and Rob Toland in Illinois.Winning career third IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car crowns were Michael Stien in Minnesota and Jerald Harris in Virginia.Clint Benson was champion in Iowa. He’d also topped Nebraska state standings in 2014. Also earning career second state Sprint plaques were Mike Haggenbottom in New Jersey and Mike Downs in Ohio.The first-time champions for the Sprints were Blake Robertson in California, Justin Wolf Medlock in Colorado, Luke Bland in Indiana, Luke Cranston in Kansas, Joshua McCord in Louisiana, Scott Law­rence in North Carolina, Tyler Drueke in Nebraska, Andy Shouse in Oklahoma, Scott Lutz in Pennsylvania, Robby Wolfgang in South Dakota and Robert Vetter in Texas.A record 16 state Sprint Car champions were crowned this season, including first-ever kings in Colorado and Oklahoma.Damon Murty motored to IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Iowa state career championship number five. Abe Huls led the way in Illinois for the fourth time while two-time champs were Joren Boyce in North Dakota, Mike Wiseman in Oklahoma and Travis Van Straten in Wisconsin.Boyce also owns eight Modified titles in North Dakota.First Stock Car state championships were won by Cody Center in Arizona, Steven Johnson in California, Bob Reese in Colorado, Kyle Pfeifer in Kansas, Gary Mattison in Minnesota, Chad Bruns in Nebraska, Dillon Hill in New Mexico, Chris Mills in South Dakota and Westin Abbey in Texas.Mills was the South Dakota Modified champion in 2007.Winners of career second Hobby Stock state crowns were Justin Luinenburg in Minnesota and Dave Riley in South Dakota.Hobby Stock drivers racing to their first-ever state titles included Richard Bennett in Arizona, Phil Reid in Colorado, Cody Nielsen in Iowa, Brady Bencken in Kansas, Andrew Bertsch in North Da­kota, Damon Richards in Nebraska, Sam Hodges in New Mexico, Wesley Warren in Texas and Dillon Johnson in Wyoming.Robby Rosselli racked up Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod career championship number four in North Dakota and Chris Toth added a third Arizona state plaque to his collection.The two-time state champions in the division are Ryan Moser in Colorado, Tony Olson in Iowa, Nelson Vollbrecht in Nebraska and Jorddon Braaten in Oregon.Winning their first state titles were Brian Cooper in California, Cody Malcom in Idaho, Andrew Burk in Illinois, Brian Davidson in Kansas, Tony Rialson in Minnesota, Bradly Scott Schmidt in Nevada, Hunter McDonald in Oklahoma, Karl Brewer in South Dakota, Robert Williams in Utah, Kevin Bethke in Wisconsin and Chuck Delp in Wyoming.Jeffrey Kaup collected career crown number five in Kansas while two-time Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod champions were Brock Aeschbacher in Idaho, Cory Williams in New Mexico and Jeffrey Abbey in Texas.First-time state champions in the class were Dustin Leatherman in Oklahoma, Scott Gray in Utah and Chipita Rowley in Wyoming.Another five-time state champ was Nate Coopman in Minnesota in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Danny Baggerly won for the fourth time in Texas, Kimberly Abbott for the second time in Illinois.Seven drivers – Shalanda Smith in Colorado, Levi Heath in Iowa, Billy Turner in Kansas, Jason Berg in North Dakota, Lance Mielke in Nebraska, Luke Jackson in South Dakota and Mitch Meier in Wisconsin – each won state crown for the first time.Twenty-six Modified champions were crowned for the second straight year, 17 Northern SportMod state champions for the third straight year and 10 Sport Compact state champions for the fourth straight year.Seven hundred and forty-eight different drivers have now won titles since IMCA introduced state championship awards in 2000.last_img read more