Canton not selected for ARLE funding
CANTON - Canton didn't at first succeed, so it will have to try, try again.
At this week's borough council meeting, Canton Borough Administrator Amy Seeley said the borough was unsuccessful in getting ARLE traffic signal enhancement funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
"We were not selected for funding this year," she told council.
With the grant, the borough was hoping to make some enhancements to better accommodate traffic at the existing traffic signal intersection located at State Route 14 and State Route 414 in the borough.
According to the grant application prepared by Dawood Engineering, Canton Borough applied for $93,000 in ARLE funding.
Seeley expressed support for reapplying for funding next year.
"I have talked to Dawood Engineers, who helped us with the application, and they are ready to help us to submit next year's round, if we want to move forward, and I don't see why we would not want to keep trying," Seeley said.
Canton Borough's grant application notes that the borough was "requesting ARLE programming funding to upgrade the existing signalized intersection located at State Route 14 and State Route 414 to include video detection cameras, as well as an upgrade to the controller assembly." The controller assembly is the "brains" of the traffic signal, and programs the duration of the green light, among other things, according to a spokesman at Dawood Engineering.
If the funding had been approved, according to the application, modifications would have been made to the existing traffic signal phasing, and timing would have been examined, along with an analysis of the existing stop bar locations to better accommodate the turning paths of large trucks associated with the gas drilling and the wind turbine construction.
Also, emergency vehicle pre-emption had been planned to assist the Canton Volunteer Fire Department traverse the congested intersection, it notes.
Last year, Troy Borough received $190,000 in ARLE money through PennDOT for its traffic signal enhancement project. It's currently working on the project.
As Troy Borough Manager Dan Close told council recently, it's meant to help traffic move "a little smoother."
Towanda was awarded $225,000 in 2012 for its traffic signal rehabilitation project, according to PennDOT.
PennDOT's ARLE funding program was established in 2010, according to the agency.
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