Sen. Kim Ward Announces Traffic Safety Funds for Westmoreland County

(GREENSBURG) – Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) today announced that Westmoreland County will receive $514,000 in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding for two traffic safety projects.

“As our communities continue to grow, it is important that we put the appropriate transportation safety measures in place to match the economic growth taking place in Westmoreland county,” said Sen. Kim Ward.  “These grants will help modernize our traffic system and help ease congestion by helping with the flow of traffic and increase safety.”

Irwin Borough is receiving $347,000 in ARLE funding to upgrade an intersection by providing new mast arm type supports to allow the signals to be mounted over the roadway. In addition, new pedestrian count down signal heads will be provided.

Unity Township is receiving $167,000 to improve safety by restricting left turns out of the side streets. This restriction will be accomplished by the construction of a concrete mountable barrier through the intersection.

Created in 2010, the 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. Grant funding statewide is supplied by fines from red light violations at 32 intersections in Philadelphia. Today’s announcement brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $112.7 million, funding 501 transportation enhancement projects since its inception.

Contact: Erica Clayton Wright, ewright@pasen.gov, (412) 334-4856