Grants Awarded to Improve Road Safety at Ursinus College, Collegeville Borough

Ursinus College in Montgomery County will benefit from a total of $313,551 in state grants to make pedestrian access and road safety improvements and build new roads to its facilities, according to Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Representative Mike Vereb, who worked to secure funding for the projects.

Rafferty said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).

Ursinus College received a state grant of $186,485 for road improvements and the enhancement of pedestrian safety in Collegeville Borough.

The proposed project will alleviate traffic congestion as well as student and community safety concerns on Main Street along the college frontage by constructing curb extensions at two street crossings.

In addition, the project will improve pedestrian safety with the installation of energy-efficient, LED, pedestrian lighting and a crosswalk. The curb extensions will enhance pedestrian safety by increasing pedestrian visibility, shortening the crossing distances and visually narrowing the roadway for motorists, thereby decreasing speeds in the vicinity of the crosswalks.

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery was awarded a second grant of $127,066 on behalf of the college for the construction of two access roads, a generator pad and utilities to the pad.

The money will be used to construct an access road and expand a second road to connect the university’s new Innovation and Discovery Center to two existing building – ensuring that the project is shovel ready.

“Representative Vereb and I are pleased that the university will be made safer for pedestrians and drivers and a new economic development project will be completed thanks to these important transportation projects,” Rafferty said.  “As chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, I have seen how important state funding is to increasing public safety, improving traffic flow and encouraging economic development.”

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