Berks to benefit from traffic signal improvement funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Several municipalities in Berks County are among nearly 100 across Pennsylvania that will receive a share of $33 million in funding for traffic signal improvements.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday a series of grants to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under PennDOT's "Green Light-Go" program.

"This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns," Wolf said. "The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow."

  • St. Lawrence will receive the most amount of money among the Berks municipalities. The borough is being awarded $251,107 for traffic signal upgrades along the St. Lawrence Avenue (Route 562) and Perkiomen Avenue corridors.
  • Reading will be granted $148,000 for the removal of an unwarranted traffic signal at Sixth and Laurel streets on the south side.
  • Fleetwood will be given $132,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at Main and Franklin streets.
  • Wyomissing will receive $233,561 to install LED traffic signals along the Penn Avenue, State Hill Road, Park Road, and Paper Mill Road corridors.
  • West Reading will be given $134,536 for installing LED traffic signals along Penn Avenue at Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh avenues.

"Countless vehicles travel through this area each day," said Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Rozzi. "Improvements and investments to our roads and infrastructure are vital to our local communities, and residents of West Reading will benefit from this project for years to come."

Act 101 of 2016 recently updated the Green Light-Go program by reducing the applicant match to 20 percent, expanding eligible applicants to planning partners and counties, and allowing all projects to be led by applicants.

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