PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia announced today it was awarded over $9 million in state funding to support traffic signal upgrades under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) “Green Light-Go” program. The grant will support signal improvements and upgrades along select corridors for increased safety and mobility across the City.
PennDOT approved funding for three projects in Philadelphia. These projects include:
- Signal modernization along Oregon Avenue from Passyunk Avenue to Front Street
- Signal modernization along North 2nd Street from Callowhill Street to Leigh Avenue
- Installation of wireless communication to interconnect 60 traffic signals and connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center
“This funding will enhance signal operations on several thoroughfares across the City, and will improve infrastructure and systems related to our wireless communications,” said Deputy Commissioner Richard Montanez of the Streets Department. “Overall, the funding supports our goals for safer streets and intersections for multimodal users.”
“This is the fourth round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Governor Wolf said. “The Green Light-Go program addresses mechanisms that if not functioning properly can aggravate congestion and impede traffic flow.”
The grant is also critical to improving traffic safety in Philadelphia. Every year in Philadelphia, City residents and visitors are subject to approximately 10,000 traffic crashes on Philadelphia streets, taking the lives of around 100 people and severely injuring 250 more. Traffic crashes are not accidents; they are preventable incidents and the signal improvements and upgrades will help improve safety on Philadelphia streets.
PennDOT announced 70 municipalities received more than $31 million in funding statewide. For more information about PennDOT, or to view a complete list of all approved Green Light Go projects, please visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-announces-traffic-signal-improvements-benefit-70-municipalities-statewide/.