Reading, July 12, 2018  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades. Funding comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.

Three of the municipalities receiving funding are in Berks County.

  • Brecknock Township: $1,652 for LED replacement at the traffic signal at State Routes 568 and 625.
  • Exeter Township:  $89,600 for upgraded video detection at Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. Route 422)/Gibraltar Road and Demoss Road/Gibraltar Road.
  • Reading: $844,640 for modernization of four traffic signals along North Front Street.

“I’m pleased that these Berks communities were able to access this important funding that will ensure the safety of the public, as well as smoother traffic flow,” Schwank said. 

The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go Program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.