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State Funds to Help Improve Safety at Intersection of Park Avenue and I-99

by on March 06, 2018 11:07 AM

College Township will receive $42,524 in state funding to make safety improvements at the intersection of Park Avenue and Interstate 99/Route 322.

State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, said the recently-awarded funds will be used to change the northbound left turn at the intersection of Park Avenue and Interstate 99 southbound/U.S. Route 322 westbound on-ramp to a dedicated protected left-turn operation. The lane is currently permissive/protected, meaning a green arrow protecting left turns is followed by a simple green light allowing left turns as oncoming traffic allows. 

“Improvements to this intersection will greatly increase safety while helping to reduce traffic congestion,” Corman said in a release. “Enhancing traffic flow and safety improves the well-being of our community and encourages economic development throughout the region.”

The money comes from the PennDOT's Automated Red Light Enforcement funding. Under state law fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply funding for projects statewide to improve safety, enhance mobility and reduce congestion.

College Township is one of 35 municipalities in the Commonwealth, and the only in Centre County, to be awarded the funding in this round. Municipalities submitted 143 applications, totaling more than $34 million in requests. A total of 41 projects received a combined $11.5 million.

An eight-member committee selected projects based on criteria including benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

Since 2010, nearly $63 million in ARLE grants have been awarded to fund 366 safety projects

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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