Nanticoke, May 29, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Tarah Toohil (R – Luzerne) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) awarded the City of Hazleton with $269,430 in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding.

The funding will be used to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of 15th Street and Grant Street by installing mast arms, new signal heads, pedestrian countdown signals with push buttons, video detection system, emergency preemption system, pavement markings and ADA ramps.

“The ARLE program is an important tool in helping to make our roads safer for the millions of pedestrians and motorists that use them each day,” said State Senator Yudichak.

State Senator Yudichak worked with State Representative Tarah Toohil to acquire the funding.

“I am pleased the signals at this busy intersection will be modernized,” said State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne). “The new technology will make it safer for students walking to school and improve traffic flow.”

“The City of Hazleton is grateful and gracious for the funding it has been awarded today. I appreciate the hard work of our legislators for securing this funding, which will enable the City of Hazleton to keep progressing in the right direction with a safer infrastructure system,” said Jeff Cusat, City of Hazleton Mayor.

Today’s funding announcement for the City of Hazleton was a part of Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement that 38 municipalities statewide will be receiving $15.4 million in ARLE funding.

The ARLE system is a technological tool to help police by automatically monitoring signalized intersections for red-light-running violators on a 24/7 basis. This improves safety and allows law enforcement officers to focus resources on other critical police functions.