Pen Argyl is the recipient of the largest state grant, for Route 512 and Robinson Avenue.
Municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties are receiving more than $300,000 in all from $17.5 million in grants announced last week for intersection improvements across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced two rounds of grants, one totaling $12 million for traffic signal upgrades paid for by Act 89 of 2013, the state’s transportation funding plan that raised a host of fees on drivers.
The other grants total $5.5 million, coming from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program in place at 28 intersections in Philadelphia.
Of both rounds of grants, the largest sum for the Lehigh Valley region is $160,500 from Act 89 dollars, going toward upgrades of Route 512 (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl.
“This is the main intersection in Pen Argyl and woefully outdated,” borough Manager Robin Zmoda said in an email. “This project is part of the enhancements Pen Argyl Borough would like to complete in order to assist in the revitalization efforts in Pen Argyl and the entire Slate Belt region.
“The upgrade will allow for safer pedestrian, improved (Americans with Disabilities Act) crossings and smoother traffic flow through the busy intersection — an overall modernization of the intersection.”
Here are the other local grants announced by Wolf through the grant programs:
From Act 89 “Green Light-Go” grants:
Heidelberg Township, $4,917 to install an uninterruptible power supply system at the intersection at Route 309 and Route 4029 (Northwest Road).
South Whitehall Township, $8,000 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 1002 (Tilghman Street) and Parkway Road, Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Scherersville Road, and Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Route 1021 (Perma Avenue).
Upper Macungie Township, $35,000 to install traffic signal emergency vehicle pre-emption systems at the intersections of Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Continental Way, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Trexlertown Shopping Center, Route 6222 and Trexler Mall Entrance, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Route 2012 (Lower Macungie Road), and Route 3008 (Cetronia Road) and Route 2015 (Schantz Road).
Bath, $2,895 to install a video detection camera at the intersection of Route 512 and Barrall Avenue.
Upper Nazareth Township, $7,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 248 and Route 946.
From Automated Red Light Enforcement grants:
East Allen Township, $67,409 to install video detection along the approaches to the intersection of Route 329 (Nor-Bath Boulevard) and Route 3023 and the addition of a westbound advance left-turn phase to be added to the signal timings.
Walnutport, $24,000 to improve the existing signal at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street by replacing LED modules and the addition of an emergency vehicle pre-emption system.