Pennsylvania’s Automated Speed Enforcement program recently awarded Philadelphia $22.1 million for eight traffic safety projects.
Grant applications in Philadelphia were prioritized in accordance with Act 86 of 2018 which authorized a pilot program on Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) in Philadelphia between Ninth Street and the Bucks County line. The Philadelphia Parking Authority installed automated speed enforcement in eight locations and discovered speeding was a problem.
Among the approved projects, the Roosevelt Boulevard Route for Change program received $6 million to design intersection modifications including upgrading traffic signals and timing, realigning lane configurations and turn lanes, and shortening pedestrian crossing distances. The improvements are for fiscal year 2025.
Also, safety improvements on Cottman Avenue between Roosevelt Boulevard and Castor Avenue received $4 million, while safety improvements on Castor Avenue received $3 million. Funding will be used to implement a range of complete street tools to a 2.3-mile segment of minor arterial roadway.
Further, a total of $2 million was awarded for the implementation of Business Access and Transit lanes through pavement markings and signs along Roosevelt Boulevard.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program received $2.1 million to provide technical assistance statewide.
This is the program’s first year for funding.