The Montgomery County Commissioners announced that 17 projects in 13 municipalities across the county will receive Montgomery County Transportation Program grants for the 2018 selection cycle and Upper Dublin and Whitpain are included.
These grants are the first to be made under a program established to utilize funding from the County’s $5 Vehicle Registration Revenue Fee revenue. Municipalities were invited to apply during the first cycle for funds to match their own local matching contributions to approved PennDOT Green Light-Go projects from the last two years. The Green Light-Go program provides funds for traffic signal upgrades and improvements, from replacement of signal mast arms, controllers, and fixtures, to installation of fiber optic interconnections connecting the signals to regional traffic management systems, to pedestrian facility upgrades and accommodations.
Today’s grant awards total $968,361.50 across the thirteen municipalities. Projects were evaluated in terms of impact on the traveling public’s commute, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, funding support, and how the grant award savings will be utilized on other projects, by a committee consisting of Montgomery County Planning Commission and Transportation Authority Board Members and interdepartmental county staff.
“These grants provide additional support to our municipalities to help them improve their traffic and pedestrian infrastructure. The awards will also create savings which will support many other worthwhile municipal projects. Even though they may not always be visible to the motoring public, these projects are important to maintaining the smooth flow of people and goods throughout the county,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. The Upper Dub,in and Whitpain projects that received grants in 2018 are highlighted below:
Whitpain – Skippack Pike Signal Upgrades (2018 Green Light-Go) Whitpain Township will fund the replacement and modernization of traffic signal equipment at 6 intersections along Skippack Pike between Cathcart Road and Narcissa Road, along with upgrades to pedestrian accommodations including pushbuttons and ADA ramps. County Transportation Program Grant Award: $30,376.50
Upper Dublin (multi-municipal) – Welsh Road Corridor Fiber Optic/Signal Upgrade (2017 Green Light-Go) Upper Dublin Township will fund the installation of fiber optic cable along over 5 miles of Welsh Road between Bethlehem Pike and Easton Road, along with upgrades to traffic signal equipment at 27 intersections. County Transportation Program Grant Award: $200,000
Whitpain – Skippack & Pennlyn-Blue Bell Signal Upgrades (2017 Green Light-Go) Whitpain Township will fund the replacement and modernization of traffic signal equipment at the intersection of Skippack Pike/Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike, including video detection and automated signal performance measures. County Transportation Program Grant Award: $9,947.50