Ians­dale gets A21SK grant for fiber-op­tic traf­fic sig­nal lines

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

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.

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