Greencastle gets green light on Green Light-Go grant

Shawn Hardy
The intersection of East Baltimore Street and Linden Avenue in Greencastle is one of two locations in the borough where a state grant has been awarded to install rapid flashing beacons to improve pedestrian safety.

The Borough of Greencastle is one of 94 municipalities in Pennsylvania to receive traffic signal funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program.

Greencastle has been allocated $43,677 — the full amount requested — for installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons to improve pedestrian safety along East Baltimore Street at Linden Avenue and at Allison Street.

The application was filed on behalf of the borough and the Greencastle-Antrim School District by a previous borough manager after a citizen brought up concerns about students crossing at the intersections.

“It will have a positive impact on walkers,” said Eden Ratliff, current borough manager.

“Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) can enhance safety by reducing crashes between vehicles and pedestrians at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings by increasing driver awareness of potential pedestrian conflicts,” according to the Federal Highway Administration website. “They can be activated by pedestrians manually by a push button or passively by a pedestrian detection system.”

A 20 percent match — $10,800 — is required under the Green Light-Go program, according to PennDOT.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a total of $33 million in funding.

Fannett Township was the only other Franklin County municipality to receive a grant — $57,840 for installation of solar powered flashing warning devices along Path Valley Road at Spring Run Road.

“This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Wolf said in the PennDOT news release. “The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow.”

Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan adopted in November 2013.