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Falls Seeks Grant to Improve Intersections

With an eye on improving public safety at intersections, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors set the wheels in motion for the submission of a PennDOT grant to cover the bulk of upgrades at West Trenton and Alden avenues, as well as the installation of a solar-powered flashing school zone system at Fallsington Elementary School.

The board approved a proposal from Remington & Vernick Engineers for grant writing services related to the projects. The firm will complete a Green Light Go Program application and submit it to PennDOT along with supporting documentation, as well as a scope of work for the projects and cost estimates. The application is due to PennDOT by Jan. 11.

If the grant is approved, Falls would be required to provide a 20 percent match.

In terms of improvements, the intersection of West Trenton and Alden avenues would be made handicap accessible. The lights would be re-signalized, re-timed and the intersection would be reconfigured, according to Christopher Fazio, Remington & Vernick executive vice president.

At the Fallsington Elementary School location, the addition of a solar-powered flashing school zone system would provide added safety and help to slow speeds down, Fazio said.

Falls has been successful in obtaining Green Light Go grants previously, including funds to improve the traffic signalization at Mill Creek and Levittown parkways.

“We’ve done all of the major intersections,” Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said.

The governing body had considered installing flashing signals at Fallsington Elementary School previously, but found prices to be “really, really high,” according to Harvie. The state grant would cover 80 percent of the expense, making it much more affordable.

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