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Safety Improvements on the Way for Luzerne County Intersection, Say Toohil and Yudichak
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced the approval of funding for safety improvements to an intersection in Freeland Borough through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program.

The borough will receive $125,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of South and Centre streets with a new controller, LED traffic and pedestrian signals, pedestrian push buttons, traffic-volume detection and technology that improves traffic flow for emergency responders.

“I am pleased this project was approved for funding,” said Toohil “Freeland is a very pedestrian-friendly community and this should greatly improve safety at a busy intersection for those on foot. The project will also fit in nicely with the borough’s downtown revitalization and beautification efforts.”

“It gives me great pleasure in announcing this funding for the borough of Freeland,” Yudichak said. “Freeland’s downtown will benefit from this grant - as it will improve traffic flow at this busy intersection, while also providing public safety to the community.”

The local grant was included in nearly $6.6 million in ARLE monies that will be distributed to 37 municipalities statewide to fund 41 safety projects.

Under state law, fines from red light violations at 28 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. The Commonwealth’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.

The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 226 applications, totaling approximately $36.6 million.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program since 2010 to $39.8 million, funding 275 safety projects.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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