State Representatives Mark Rozzi, Tom Caltagirone and State Senator Judy Schwank have announced that the City of Reading has been awarded a $227,840 state grant to study and upgrade the downtown traffic signal system network.
“It’s incredibly important that we ensure traffic can move smoothly and safely through our downtown,” said Rozzi. “I’m pleased to see funding for this study awarded to the City of Reading.”
The grant was among $13.1 million in funding awarded to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities around the state. The grants are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program.
“A better understanding of Reading’s traffic flow is crucial if we are to improve public safety downtown,” said Caltagirone. “I look forward to the results of this study.”
Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding for Pennsylvania’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, which aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.
“I am commending city officials for securing this competitive state grant funding,” Schwank said. “This initiative will benefit residents, workers, visitors and businesses in downtown Reading by ensuring that our traffic control system works effectively and efficiently.”