Bristol Township receives grant to improve traffic safety

$308,200 was received through the state Department of Transportation to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive

The state Department of Transportation last week awarded four Automated Red Light Enforcement grants totaling more than $1.3 million to communities in Bucks County.

Bristol Township received $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.

In a joint statement, state Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway said, “This grant money will help make a busy intersection in Bristol Township much safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.”

Morrisville Borough received $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts.

“The key to keeping communities like Morrisville safe and economically competitive are infrastructure investments,” Galloway and Rep. Perry Warren said in a statement.

Doylestown Township received $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.

Plumstead Township received $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.

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.

PennDOT is distributing $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects. 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.