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Hazleton project gets grant thanks to disobeying red lights in Philadelphia

April 05. 2013 12:02PM

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HAZLETON — Tickets issued through a red light camera system in Philadelphia will help fund pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Diamond Avenue and Seybert/Cedar Streets in the city.

PennDOT today announced that $65,000 will be allocated to the project. It’s among more than $4.7 million in grants the state is awarding usinbg funding generated by Automated Red Light Enforcement. The grants are being distributed to 43 municipalities and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Under state law, fines from infractions at 21 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 268 applications, totaling approximately $25.4 million.

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

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