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Boroughs Receive Grants to Improve Safety

2014-10-31 20:16:50

Boroughs Receive Funding to Improve Mobility, Safety with Act 89 Multimodal, Transit Funds

Boroughs across Pennsylvania received $84 million in grants to improve safety and mobility. The grants come from the Multimodal Transportation Fund investments from Act 89, the state’s transportation plan that was enacted in November 2013.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is also investing $7.2 million in Act 89 transit funding for five transit projects that applied for multimodal funding. These grants were made possible by Act 89, which increased transit funding and established dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port and bicycle-pedestrian projects. The project funding comes from three state fiscal years of Act 89 investments.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. The projects require a 30-percent match from local sources.

For more information about the program, visit and click on Multimodal Transportation.

Adams County
Gettysburg Borough – $495,192 to relocate utility poles, install light fixtures, street furniture and a bus shelter, and complete landscaping on the Steinwehr Avenue Corridor.

Allegheny County
Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Aspinwall Borough – $921,453 to realign the entry of the park to the Brilliant Avenue intersection, replace existing traffic signals, configure a four-way intersection, and construct a westbound left turn lane and pedestrian lane.

CSX Transportation, Inc., McKees Rocks Borough – $1.1 million to improve the intersection of Route 51 (Island Avenue) and Michael Alley/Cutler Street, including the construction of additional roadway, installation of a traffic signal, and the addition of a center turn lane.

Three Rivers Marine & Rail Terminals, LP, Glassport Borough – $243,750 for the design and construction of five quad tie cells for barge mooring at the Glassport Terminal located on the Monongahela River and the CSX Railroad.

Armstrong County
Kittanning Borough – $3 million for traffic signal upgrades, curb extensions, improved pedestrian crossings, new pedestrian signal equipment, and coordinating all traffic signals along Market Street.

Beaver County
Monaca Borough – $261,000 to make improvements to accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles on a 10-block segment of Monaca’s main downtown corridor, Pennsylvania Avenue, and to construct a 2.4-mile segment of the Ohio River Greenway Trail along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Colona Transfer, LP, Monaca Borough – $1.9 million for upgrades to river cells, dock, and rail turnouts and rehabilitation of track for the Colona Transfer facility originally built in the early 1930s.

Georgetown Sand & Gravel, Inc., Georgetown Borough – $994,555 to add 18 quad ties to the riverside to enhance barge fleeting, clear a portion of the 75-acre property to trans-load additional products, and develop a barge repair and cleaning facility.

Berks County
Sinking Spring Borough – $783,805 to reconstruct and realign the intersection of Penn Avenue, Columbia Avenue, and Cacoosing Avenue.

Bucks County
New Hope Borough  – $126,700 to design and construct pedestrian improvements along Route 32 (Main Street) at W. Parry Street, Ferry Street, Mechanic Street and a midblock crossing between Coryell/Waterloo Street and Mechanic Street.

Centre County
State College Borough – $160,000 to construct a multi-use trail and install associated signage from the West End neighborhood (West College Avenue), linking the existing bike routes to a multi-use path that connects to The Pennsylvania State University.

Chester County
Malvern Borough – $160,000 to provide transit pedestrian access routes for riders of the SEPTA Regional Rail Station located in the center of the Borough, including upgrading the traffic signals at the King Street/Warren Avenue intersection to Accessible Pedestrian Signals, completing the sidewalk network on North Warren Avenue from King Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, and installing LED signal heads and overhead street name signs.

Cumberland County
Carlisle Borough  – $1.5 million to replace the five-way intersection at Fairgrounds Avenue, Penn Street and North Hanover Street with a modernized roundabout or install a traffic signal to improve traffic flow and support the mixed-use redevelopment of three brownfield properties in the borough.

Camp Hill Borough – $424,000 to pave 38,657 square yards of municipal streets.

Franklin County
Chambersburg Health Services, Chambersburg Borough - $2.4 million to extend St. Paul Drive to connect with Parkwood Drive, extend Parkwood Drive to connect with the Kohler Road and Grand Point Road intersection in Greene Township, in addition to improvements to Norland and Fifth Avenues in Chambersburg Borough.

Waynesboro Borough – $500,000 to resurface a one-quarter-mile segment of Welty Road, which serves as a southern bypass route, and the reconstruction of Fairview Avenue, a heavily utilized access road for truck drivers, residents, and buses in the borough.

Indiana County
Homer City Borough – $497,656 to install new ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb ramps, stamped concrete crosswalks, and decorative lighting and replace overgrown trees with dwarf trees on Main Street and Oakland Avenue.

Lancaster County
Denver Borough – $227,405 to replace 344 existing streetlights with LED streetlights to provide a brighter, environmentally friendly system which will be more energy efficient, cost less to operate, have minimal maintenance costs, and improve pedestrian safety.

Lebanon County
Lebanon County Commissioners/Lebanon County Planning Department, Cornwall Borough – $90,652 to construct a 19-space trailhead/park-and-ride lot at Alden Place along PA Route 117.

Lehigh County
Emmaus Borough – $238,777 to replace the 10th Street culvert, associated sidewalks and street with the addition of a pedestrian/bicycle lane.

Luzerne County
Forty Fort Borough – $825,306 for traffic signal upgrades at Wyoming Avenue, Slocum Street, and Welles Street, improvements to sidewalks and lighting at the borough building, and the paving of 20 alleyways throughout the borough.

Northampton County
Hellertown Borough – $200,158 to complete surface and subsurface repairs on six bridges to maintain and improve multimodal interconnectivity within the borough.

Somerset County
Jennerstown Borough – $261,067 to install sidewalks to provide safe passage for school students, tourists, and other pedestrians and provide handicap access long the Route 30 (Historic Lincoln Highway).

Wayne County
Honesdale Borough - $107,000 to replace the pedestrian bridge at 6th Street that connects residential and commercial districts.

Wyoming County
Keystone College, Factoryville Borough – $1.2 million to complete pedestrian safety improvements, traffic calming, and streetscape enhancements on College Avenue to support realignment of the campus entrance.

York County
Spring Grove Borough – $500,000 for improvements along Route 116 (Main Street) and connecting streets to enhance public safety and walkability of the community, address ADA accessibility, support recreational opportunities, and revitalize the downtown area.

In addition, the following borough applied for multimodal funding and will receive Act 89 transit funding:

Montgomery County
Landsdale Borough - $2.7 million for streetscape improvements along East Main Street between Broad Street and Greenwood Road and enhancements at SEPTA’s track crossing of Main Street.