Iansdale gets A21SK grant for fiber-optic traffic signal lines
By this time next year — or possibly the end of this year — you might notice a big difference in the timing RI WrDIfic sLgnDOs WKrRugK iansdale Borough.
Borough staff announced May 1 the receipt of a A21S,000 grant that will help PDkH WKH ERrRugK’s WrDIfic system one of the most stateof-the-art in Pennsylvania.
“This is really exciting, and very big that we got this grant. ft will take us a long way,” said borough Manager Timi Kirchner.
Kirchner, police Chief RREHrW 0cDyrH Dnd WrDIfic engineer barl Armitage of Pennoni Associates each descrLEHd vDrLRus EHnHfiWs IrRP the grant money, awarded by PennDlT as part of its Automated Red iight bnforcement transportation grant program.
The borough plans to use the grant funding — along with a A24,000 match of its own funds — to replace copper lines with high capacity fiEHr RSWLc OLnHs DORng 0DLn and Broad streets, connectLng HDcK WrDIfic sLgnDO Rn those streets with each other and with borough staff.
“We’ll also upgrade the controllers — some of those gray boxes you see out in WKH fiHOd WKDW DrH RuWdDWHd — Dnd nRw WKDW wH KDvH fiEHr optics we can put in video cameras, pan-tilt-zoom camHrDs” WR PRnLWRr WrDIfic flRw, Armitage said.
“PHnnD2T’s WrDIfic unLW has been saying ‘We need to do something in iansdale to upgrade the system,’ this opportunity came up, so we said ‘We’ll apply, and hopefully you look favorably on it,’” Armitage said.
The borough received one of the largest grant awards in the state, Armitage told council, and can make the money go further because it owns its own utility poles and could string the new lines along utility poles, and possibly through sewer lines, it already owns.
Borough fT staff members are also examining ways to add connections with the remaining signals that would not be connected by the Tshaped lines running down Main and Broad, and fT Coordinator Bryan Poster said wireless point-to-point radio connections could provide similar connectivity once the network is established.
Borough electric staff members are also preparing for the projectW one lineman has already started training Rn KRw WR LnsWDOO fiEHr-RSWLc lines, “so he’ll be ready to go,” Poster said, once the project receives the necessary approvals.
Connecting those signals to borough staff at Borough Hall, its police station and its Public Works facility could also let the borough divert WrDIfic PRrH HIficLHnWOy during emergencies, or help LncrHDsH flRw DrRund WRwn during downtown events, McDyre said.
The lines would also be able to accommodate the planned move of the current WrDIfic sLgnDO DW 0DLn Dnd Susquehanna Avenue one block west to Wood Street, according to Armitage.
He added that borough staff are looking into insWDOOLng Ds PucK fiEHr-RSWLc capacity as possible now, so that when a request for proposals is issued seeking firPs WR dR WKH cRnsWrucWLRn work itself, that project would leave the borough as much room for growth in its networks as possible.
Depending on approvals from PennDlT at various steps in the process, all of the upgrades could be completed within eight months to a year, according to Armitage. He and Poster said the extra capacity Ln WKH fiEHr RSWLc nHWwRrk could then be used to connect other borough services and facilities, such as various borough buildings and pumping stations along the PDLn fiEHr RSWLc OLnHs, WR be connected through the same network.
According to Armitage, the last overall upgrade to WKH ERrRugK’s WrDIfic sysWHP came in the early 1990s; “at the time it was state-of-theart ... but a lot has changed with the technology” available today.
Demand-sensitive sensors beneath roadways, along with new road markings and signals, were among the improvements made in 1991 and ‘92 when PennDlT, Pennoni and borough staff implementHd WKH firsW cRPSuWHrLzHd WrDIfic cRnWrRO sysWHP Ln southeastern Pennsylvania, according to newspaper archives.
Kirchner said May 1 that the borough’s A24,000 match has already been included in its long term capital project list and would likely be funded from its 2010 or 2012 capital project bond, as the borough proceeds to implement the suggestions in an overall fT study and the accompanying to-do list developed last year .
“We keep saying we’re activating these studies as they come through. This takes us a huge leap forward as far as fT is concerned,” she said.
Signals at Susquehanna Avenue and West Main Street control traffic flow in Lansdale May 2.