PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly a dozen local communities will soon receive traffic signal upgrades.

Funding for the work is thanks to a state program called “Green Light-Go” and the changes will make your life easier behind the wheel.

PennDOT has announced that 38 municipalities across the state will receive $1.8 million to help foot the bill for updating traffic signals.

That list includes 11 communities in our area.

“It’s going to allow them to re-time their traffic signals, change some outdated equipment, provide some timing plans to allow those traffic signals to operate more efficiently,” PennDOT District Traffic Engineer Todd Kravits said.

Municipalities had to apply for the funds and they have to match 50 percent of the state money provided through the program.

One local borough that will receive an $8,000 chunk of the pie is Aspinwall.

Borough leaders fought for the money and they got it. It will be used to re-time four traffic signals along Freeport Road.

Penn Hills will get $10,000 that will be used to revamp three traffic signals in the township to LEDs.

The three busy intersections are: Saltsburg and Universal Roads, Saltsburg and Stotler Roads, and Rodi and Purity Roads.

The lights will be more visible to drivers, especially at night. Plus, the LEDs are more energy efficient.

Other communities that will see some of the money are Cranberry and Jackson Townships in Butler County and communities in Beaver, Fayette, Venango and Westmoreland counties.

“It really helps all of us as we’re driving back and forth to our destinations. We won’t have to stop at intersections as long, we’ll be able to drive down the corridor,” Kravits said.

The funds will be handed out in the coming months.

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