State to provide $453,705 towards upgrading intersection in Whitemarsh Township

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will distribute approximately $12.9 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 22 municipalities statewide to fund 28 safety projects. Whitemarsh Township will receive $453,705.00 to modernize the intersection of Bethlehem Pike (Route 2018), Skippack Pike (Route 73), and Camp Hill Road (Route 2028).

The funding for these grants comes from fines from red-light violations at 32 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility, and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 132 applications, totaling $48.3 million in requests.

The Whitemarsh project includes the installation of new mast arms and/or pedestals with LED signal indications, installation of video vehicle detection with dilemma-zone detection for Bethlehem Pike, conversion of existing 5-section signal heads to flashing yellow indications along Bethlehem Pike, the inclusion of emergency pre-emption equipment and timings, upgrade of the existing signal controller with new conduit/wiring throughout the intersection, installation of a battery backup system and fiber interconnect to the Church Road intersection to the south.