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News » US » Pennsylvania announces raft of transportation projects » published 9 May 2018

Pennsylvania announces raft of transportation projects

Funding has been approved for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility across the Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Leslie Richards announced the schemes. “Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” said Wolf.

A total of US $66.8m has been awarded through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation, trails that serve a transportation purpose and projects providing safe routes to schools.

“Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” Richards added.

The schemes include:

  • US$980,000 to enhance pedestrian safety and access by constructing sidewalks within critical gaps throughout the city of Pittsburgh;
  • US$246,152 for construction of a two-mile extension to the existing H&BT Rail Trail from the Riddlesburg trailhead, north towards the Warriors Path State Park in Saxton, serving Broad Top Township;
  • US$1m for improved pedestrian safety and access through the construction of continuous sidewalk     in Exeter Borough, including pedestrian lighting, and defined entrances and exits for business driveways;
  • US$927,078 in Topton Borough for construction of a path through Topton’s park to connect the borough’s neighborhoods and business district to West Weis Street;
  • US$1,087,197 to build a key phase of the 11-mile Clinton County Rail Trail that connects five Clinton County municipalities to the Lycoming County border, and ultimately to the Jersey Shore trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
  • US$1,113,350 to repair deteriorated sidewalks, construct new sidewalks and install new street lighting on State Routes 11 and 487 from 7th Street to 3rd Street in the town of Bloomsburg.

 

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This article was published on 9 May 2018 (last updated on 11 May 2018).

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