Senator Iovino Announces $200K in State Grant Funds for Traffic Safety Improvements in South Park Township

Harrisburg, PA − December 18, 2019 − Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D – Allegheny & Washington) announced that South Park Township will receive grant funding support to complete long-sought traffic safety upgrades along a main transportation artery and commercial corridor.

South Park Township will receive $199,975, the full amount requested, through the PennDOT Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program to construct an auxiliary left turn lane at the intersection of Library Road (SR 88) and Brownsville Road. The project, which includes other safety upgrades such as the replacement of traffic signals, is estimated to cost $1.3 million in total and is designed to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, ease traffic flow, and enhance mobility.

“The infrastructure upgrades that this grant supports will directly improve safety and ease of travel for all who use this high-traffic intersection,” said Senator Pam Iovino. “In my office’s regular dialogue with South Park officials, the necessity of this project became clear to me. I’m proud to have supported this grant application and especially glad to see this important multimodal investment in South Park.”

“The officials of South Park Township are most appreciative of this grant opportunity,” said Karen Fosbaugh, Township Manager. “The ARLE grant will provide much-needed funding relative to a major upgrade of the Rt. 88 and Brownsville Road intersection. The project is of critical importance to the community not only from an economic perspective but will also improve the aesthetics of a major entryway into the Township.”

“I am pleased this project was approved for funding,” said Rep. Mike Puskaric. “This should greatly improve traffic flow while also providing public safety to a busy intersection. It is nice to see that we are continuing to look at different avenues to improve our roads and highways in our community.”

“I am very happy to see that South Park Township received this much needed ARLE grant,” said Rep. Bill Kortz. “This will greatly improve public safety at a very problematic intersection at Library Road and Brownsville Road.

The Automated Red Light Enforcement Program was established in 2010 as a PennDOT-administered competitive grant program to fund projects that improve the safety and mobility of Pennsylvanians with an emphasis on low-cost, high-impact improvements. Grantees are selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits, effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing. The ARLE program is funded by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in the Philadelphia area.