Canton to try again for traffic light funding
CANTON - Canton Borough Council heard an update Monday about the borough's effort to get some traffic signal enhancement funding.
This year, Canton was unsuccessful in getting ARLE traffic signal enhancement money from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
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 had applied for $93,000 in ARLE funding, but this amount was not approved.
But the borough is trying again.
At Monday's meeting, Amy Seeley, borough administrator, told council that the borough again worked with Dawood Engineering, and the amount Canton will be seeking this time is $106,000.
"A new one was submitted for this round," she said. The deadline was June 30.
Seeley briefly reviewed the traffic information that was used in preparing the latest application.
Canton Borough's previous grant application noted 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.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.