Ciresi announces $600K for intersection safety improvement in Trappe

TRAPPE, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced $607,314 in Automated Red Light Enforcement funding to improve intersection pedestrian safety and mobility along Main Street in Trappe Borough, Montgomery County.

The funding, distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, would improve intersection design and upgrade signals to include current pedestrian standards at two high-volume Main Street intersections with 3rd Ave. (Route 113) and the Trappe Shopping Center in Trappe’s downtown.

“The issues with these troublesome intersections in Trappe will be addressed through this state funding, an investment with safety and traffic flow at its core,” Ciresi said. “I’m grateful to PennDOT and all who worked to secure this crucial funding, which will help pedestrian mobility and reduce traffic congestion in an important downtown district and regional transportation corridor.”

Trappe’s downtown experiences 17,000 vehicles per day with traffic congestion during peak hours. A restrictive turning radius, which will be improved under this project, at the intersection of Main Street and 3rd Avenue has contributed to traffic backups, accidents, and property damage.

Grant funding through Pennsylvania’s ARLE program is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities across the state submitted 123 applications, totaling almost $39.5 million in requests.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee, and selections were based on criteria such as safety benefits and effectiveness, cost, and local and regional impact.

For more information about this grant, call Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265 or email