(HARRISBURG) – – Federal Highway Safety Funds totaling almost a half million dollars will be dedicated to improvements at Route 54 in conjunction with the Danville Flood Control Project. State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107) worked with elected officials in Danville and the state Department of Transportation to secure funding, which will provide needed safety improvements to Route 54 near the Danville Middle School.
Last year, Senator Gordner and Representative Masser helped secure $3.8 million in state funds to complete the Danville Flood Control System. The project completes Danville’s flood protection system and provides protection to the Middle School, which is being re-built following devastating flooding in 2011.
“The rail crossing and signals at Route 54 should be raised because of the flood control project,” said Senator Gordner. “The project will also include increased safety and mobility at the Middle School.”
In addition to the rail crossing improvement, the funding will provide for a new signal system at Route 54, including signals to protect the middle school pedestrian crossing and middle school entrance.
“We needed to engage quickly so these projects could be coordinated,” said Rep. Masser. “It didn’t make sense to proceed with the flood control project, only to come back later to deal with the rail and traffic concerns.”
Senator Gordner and Representative Masser commended PennDOT District officials for their part in bringing the project to fruition. It is estimated bids could be let for the project in May, with work tentatively scheduled to begin in June.
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