State Announces Funding for 42 Transportation Projects Statewide

October 02, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects will be in line for $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“With these resources, we can improve transportation connections down to the local level and make a big difference for communities,” Governor Wolf said. “These investments reflect our commitment to all modes of transportation, both statewide and locally.”

Reflecting Governor Wolf’s and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards’ emphasis on helping counties and municipalities tackle their backlog of needed bridge repairs, 14 of the 42 grants were awarded for local bridges.

“We simply must help our local partners address these critical links to ensure they remain open and in good repair,” Richards said. “Losing these links to weight restrictions or outright closures would place too great a burden on local communities and these grants will help avoid such outcomes.”

On October 5, PennDOT will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

Applications are due by November 15, 2018. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2019.

Projects  in our region include:

Luzerne County

Luzerne County — $533,312 to undertake necessary road improvements on North and South Beisels Road and add a bike lane.
Valley Crest Real Estate, LP — $3,000,000 to reduce traffic, traffic movements, and traffic phases at critical intersections along Route 315 near the Mohegan Convention Center with the installation of coordinated traffic signals at nine locations and construction of road improvements to facilitate access to the former Valley Crest facility.

Bridge Projects:

Luzerne County

Hanover Township — $535,357 to replace Loomis Park bridge, which provides pedestrian and vehicular access to the Loomis Park development.

Monroe County

Barrett Township — $689,475 to rebuild the closed bridge on Old Canadensis Road.

Schuylkill County

Hegins Township — $479,098 to replace Forest Drive bridge, an existing one-lane bridge that spans Deep Creek and is in poor overall condition with deteriorated concrete facing with exposed stones at water’s edge.

Washington Township — $477,602 to replace the deteriorating bridge along Kutz Road, north of its intersection with Sweet Arrow Lake Road (SR 3002) and remove the existing load posting (29 tons).

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