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PA Commits $49M to Infrastructure Improvements

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday (Oct. 2) that more than 40 transportation projects are in line for $49 million in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Multimodal Transportation Fund. Out of the 42 grants, 14 of the projects chosen are bridges.

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

Transportation Project Funding

Following the governor’s sentiments, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards noted that the funding will help counties and municipalities tackle their backlog of bridge repairs. Richards also emphasized the importance of keeping these “critical links” in “good repair.”

“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.”

Governor Tom Wolf, CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday (Oct. 2) that more than 40 transportation projects are in line for $49 million in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Multimodal Transportation Fund. Out of the 42 grants, 14 of the projects chosen are bridges.

PennDOT started accepting applications for the next round of the Multimodal Transportation Fund grants on Oct. 5, and the deadline is Nov. 15. Projects are evaluated and selected based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

 Project Grants

Roughly $11.4 million out of the $49 million is going to local bridge projects ranging in size from replacing structurally deficient bridges to major rehabilitation of larger spans. Projects covered include:

  • Armstrong County received $471,851 to help Cowanshannock, Kiskiminetas and Perry townships replace local structurally deficient bridges, including Blanco Bridge on Church Road, in Cowanshannock, among others.
  • Bedford County was granted $230,000 toward the replacement of a reinforced concrete slab bridge on Belden Road; the new span will be a precast concrete box culvert.
  • West Pikeland Township, of Chester County, will be using $1,169,000 to replace an existing one-lane bridge over Pickering Creek with a two-lane bridge, as well as raising the Horseshoe Trail roadway and widening the waterway opening to help prevent frequent flooding.
  • Clarion County received two grants for projects in Elk Township and Monroe Township. In Elk, $87,500 will be used to replace Black Road bridge, to once again allow for all forms of traffic. Monroe Township received $95,302 to replace the large pipe system in Pennsy Road with an aluminum box culvert to provide access to traffic.
  • Clearfield County received $1,050,000 for the replacement of the Hopkins Street bridge in Irvona Borough.
  • Licking Creek Township, in Fulton County, will use $56,950 for structural repairs to local Township Bridge 2, in order to accommodate school buses and emergency vehicles.
  • Hanover Township, in Luzerne County, received $535,357 to replace Loomis Park bridge.
  • Foster Township, in McKean County, was granted $1,699,820 to replace two structurally deficient bridges, as well as additional road and safety repairs.
  • Barrett Township, of Monroe County, received $689,475 to rebuild the closed bridge on Old Canadensis Road.
  • The Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development received $3 million for the replacement of the 1898 timber deck structure that supports the main entrance to the Navy yard.  
  • Schuylkill County also received two grants. Hegins Township was given $479,098 to replace Forest Drive bridge, a span that is in poor condition and has deteriorated concrete facing along the water. Washington Township will use $477,602 to replace a deteriorating span along Kutz Road. The load posting will also be removed.

In all, 26 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties needed funding. PennDOT will announce the next round of grant winners once funding becomes available in July.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Government; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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