Hoping for a green light
CANTON - Canton Borough Administrator Amy Seeley expressed her hopes recently about the borough's chances of getting ARLE traffic signal enhancement funding.
"I think we'd be in pretty good line to get it this year," Seeley said during a joint Canton Borough Street and Police Committee meeting. "Troy and Towanda got it last year."
With the grant, enhancements to better accommodate traffic would be made at the existing signal intersection located at State Route 14 and State Route 414.
Last year, Troy Borough received $190,000 in ARLE money through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (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."
Now, Canton is following on the heels of Troy and Towanda in hopes of getting money to start its own ARLE project.
Seeley reminded committee members about the ARLE application as a discussion took place on what could be done on Troy Street in regard to truck traffic. The borough is awaiting on decision on its application.
"Rather than maybe monkey with Troy Street, wait and see," Seeley told committee members.
"It would probably behoove us to wait."
Canton Borough's grant application, prepared by Dawood Engineering, Inc., notes that Canton Borough "is 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 is approved, according to the application, modifications would be made to the existing traffic signal phasing, and timing would be 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 in the area.
Also, emergency vehicle pre-emption would be planned to assist the Canton Volunteer Fire Department traverse the congested intersection, it notes.
According to the grant application prepared by Dawood Engineering, Canton Borough has applied for $93,000 in ARLE funding. Seeley noted that this was less in comparison to Troy's and Towanda's awards.
Last month in Troy, Close provided information about Troy's ARLE project to council members.
He said it "would accomplish a couple of things."
First, Close said, "the timing and the activation will be by video detection, so when the camera sees that there's 'x number of traffic,' it adjusts the light accordingly to help move traffic a little smoother."
"And it also has emergency pre-emption, which means that the emergency vehicles, when they reach a line of sight with the light, will be able to activate the light from within their vehicle to turn that light green and move all the traffic out in front of them and out of the way as they're coming in."
A decision on Canton Borough's application is expected sometime in the spring, according to PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason. He said ARLE applications are currently under review.
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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