Center City Allentown traffic to benefit from $2.1 million state grant

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 28 – Today Governor Corbett announced that Allentown will receive $2.1 million in state grant funding for traffic improvements related to the PPL Arena and Neighborhood Improvement Zone. This funding comes as a direct result from Act 89, the state transportation improvement plan which was approved last fall.

The grant will help fund the installation of a traffic responsive signal system at 56 intersections, the development of a Traffic Management Center, and improvements at Lehigh Street/Union Street and 6th Street/Union Street.

Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Schlossberg both have advocated for increased transportation funding and are pleased that Allentown will receive one of the eighty six initial grants, which are being issued statewide through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“Pennsylvania’s recently expanded transportation improvement plan, or Act 89, is yielding real enhancements to the Commonwealth’s infrastructure,” Browne said. “Allentown will most certainly benefit from this Multimodal grant and will serve as another pillar in the resurgence of the downtown area.”

Schlossberg also said the grant is a direct result of Act 89.

“I am thrilled by this news, as I personally advocated for this funding because it is so important for Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “As Center City Allentown sees more development, traffic management is going to be important to prevent congestion and gridlock. The Traffic Management Center will greatly help to alleviate this threat to Allentown’s continued growth and vitality.”

Both Browne and Schlossberg are both longstanding advocates for transportation investments because of their direct correlation to economic growth. The Allentown project requires a 30-percent local match and more information is available by clicking on Multimodal Transportation at www.dot.state.pa.us