Harkins and Fabrizio announce traffic grant

ERIE, May 11 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced a number of grants to maintain and upgrade traffic signals along state and local highways.

State Reps. Patrick Harkins and Flo Fabrizio, both D-Erie, report that the traffic signal at the intersection of East Lake Road and Bacon Avenue will be upgraded and pedestrian walk signals will be installed, thanks to a grant of more than $244,000. As part of the grant program, 20 percent of the project cost, or just over $61,000 will be the responsibility of the local community.

The Green Light-Go Municipal Signal Partnership Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve traffic flow and safety.

"We have been working on traffic flow issues for years," Harkins said. "Upgrading the light at this intersection and updating the timing sequence will make the road more convenient for drivers and safer for pedestrians. I have been working with others in Harrisburg on Erie traffic signal upgrades ever since Governor Rendell was in office."

The grant announced today was one of more than 90 being presented statewide, worth a total of $33 million.

"I look forward to the completion of this long-overdue project," Harkins said.

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