Longietti: $348,000 awarded for improvements to key Sharon intersection

HERMITAGE, July 13 – The city of Sharon is receiving $348,000 for major upgrades to the traffic signal located at the intersection of West State Street and Irvine Avenue, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding will allow the city to modernize a key intersection located at the base of the business district.

“The new funding will allow the city to overhaul signal equipment at the West State Street-Irvine Avenue intersection in ways that greatly improve traffic flow and safety,” Longietti said. “The work will include installation of new mast arms to improve signal visibility, pedestrian signals with countdown features to enhance crossing safety, controllers that operate based on traffic demand to better regulate traffic flow, and emergency vehicle preemption features that provide responders right-of-way to improve response times and reduce the risk of collisions.”

Longietti said the improvements will complement other upgrades to Sharon’s business district.

“The city has been revitalizing the State Street corridor and recently completed a streetscape project to add new ADA ramps and pedestrian-level lighting at the eastern section. As Downtown Sharon continues experiencing a revival, with new shops bringing increased pedestrian traffic, the signal safety enhancements are all the more important.”

Longietti said the grant – which funds most of the total project cost of $435,000 – is part of a statewide grant package awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.

The grants are provided as reimbursements to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. The funding can be used for operational improvements such as LED technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans, and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

More about the grants is available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-nearly-38-million-to-improve-traffic-safety/.