NANTICOKE, July 12, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the city of Hazleton and West Pittston Borough have received grant funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Green Light-Go program.

The city of Hazleton will receive $180,030 for complete modernization of the traffic signal at Church Street (State Route 309) and 5th Street. West Pittston Borough will receive $460,647 for complete modernization of two traffic signals at Wyoming Avenue (U.S. Route 11)/Luzerne Avenue and U.S. Route 11/Montgomery Avenue.

“The projects being funded in Hazleton and West Pittston Borough, through PennDOT’s Green Light-Go program, will result in improved safety for both drivers and pedestrians in these two heavily traveled areas of Luzerne County,” said Senator John Yudichak.

In Hazleton, a recent signal warrant study was completed which showed that in the intersection of State Route 309 and 5th Street, over 12,500 vehicles and 120 pedestrians used the intersection in 12-hour weekday period.

“This funding is essential for us to bring the traffic signal up to current design standards in order to effectively serve the needs of motorists and pedestrians that travel along this busy intersection in a safe and efficient manner,” said Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat.

In West Pittston Borough, the funding will be used to replace two existing traffic signals which have antiquated equipment along Wyoming Avenue/Luzerne Avenue and U.S. Route 11/Montgomery Avenue.

“We have numerous businesses, churches, restaurants and a school in the area of these two traffic signals, and the funding is necessary for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians,” said West Pittston Borough Mayor Tom Blaskiewicz.

Senator Yudichak worked with Representative Tarah Toohil and Representative Aaron Kaufer to secure funding for these projects.