Governor Wolf Announces Investments in 50 Multimodal Projects to Improve Safety, Mobility, Local Economies
PA Gov. Tom Wolf announced 2/1/19 that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. “Transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state,” Governor Wolf said in a press release. “These investments will improve overall mobility and safety while bolstering commercial projects.” Reflecting Gov. Wolf’s and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards' commitment to improving locally owned infrastructure, several of the projects will also help local governments address bridges and roadways in need of repair or replacement. "Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all means of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” Richards said. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.” 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. For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button.
Allegheny County: McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation — $1.9 million for multimodal transportation and green infrastructure improvements and streetscapes including ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, curbing, bus lanes, pedestrian circulation, bike racks, infiltration cells, traffic signals, and new street lighting beginning at the intersection of Chartiers Avenue, Linden Avenue, and Furnace Street Ext., and extending northwest along the first block of Chartiers Avenue. Penn Hills Township — $3 million to repave and improve roadways throughout the township most in need of repair, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make streets more accessible for bicycle traffic. Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Development LP — $1.4 million for transportation improvements that will support the planned redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in the City of Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District, including the addition of a new roadway access point connecting New Street to Center Avenue as well as pedestrian, bike, and public transit improvements on Crawford and Center Avenues. Ross Township — $2.2 million for new sidewalks on Siebert Road from McKnight Road to Woodland Road and a second southbound left-turn lane on McKnight Road and additional receiving lane on Siebert Road. Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County — $650,000 for a new three-acre public open space providing improvements to intersection, public streetscape, new accessible pedestrian pathways, bicycle routes, bus stop, bikeshare station, stormwater management, energy-efficient lighting, and other public amenities.
Armstrong County: Armstrong County — $764,755 for multi-municipal projects across the county, including paving in Parks Township; bridge replacement in Kittanning Township; traffic signal replacement in Leechburg, and road improvements in West Franklin. Berks County: Caernarvon Township — $208,854 to decrease the turning radius from Route 10 onto Shiloh Road and improve sight distances at the intersection.
Bucks County: Plumstead Township — $607,175 for essential pedestrian safety improvements, including sidewalks, ADA-compliant features, and signalization at the intersection of Stump Road and Route 611 (Easton Road). Cambria County: Johnstown Redevelopment Authority — $2.7 million to construct an industrial connector road to connect the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park – a new 115-acre industrial park – to Iron Street.
Centre County: Centre County — $2 million to replace two high-priority, poor-condition bridges in the county— Mill Street Bridge in Howard Borough and Railroad Street Bridge in Bellefonte Borough.
Chester County: Chester County Airport — $1.8 million to extend the existing terminal building that was constructed in 1993 which will allow for the addition of a public terminal and new Fixed-Base Operator space and expansion of the parking and access way. Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau — $204,284 to replace existing wayfinding road signage throughout Chester County, including fabrication, installation, and inspection of newly-designed signs. East Coventry Township — $2.6 million to signalize the Route 724/Peterman Road intersection; add left-turn lanes on all approaches; restrict left turns from Old Schuylkill Road to the Route 724 intersection; and install sidewalks along the east side of Peterman Road from Route 724 to Old Schuylkill Road and along Old Schuylkill Road to Spiece Road.
East Fallowfield Township — $1 million for repairs to Mortonville Road, including embankment stabilization, drainage improvements, and roadway reconstruction.
Honey Brook Borough — $100,000 for pedestrian improvements to Chestnut Street, including rehabilitation and reconstruction of sidewalks and curbs to ADA standards with street paving. The work will also direct stormwater toward existing inlets.
Clearfield County: Brady Township — $330,775 to replace the Haag Road Bridge over Stump Creek with a culvert. Huston Township — $450,000 for roadway and pedestrian infrastructure improvements to improve vehicle circulation, pedestrian safety, and overall mobility on approximately 3.78 miles of Mountain Run Road (T-338). Penn Township — $272,672 to replace superstructure of the bridge over Bell Run, pave approaches to the bridge, aggregate for shoulders, install guiderail, and end transitions.
Clinton County: Woodward Township — $175,000 to pave 1.98 miles of Croak Hollow Road (T-512). Huntingdon County: Mount Union Borough — $1.2 million to complete the Pennsylvania Avenue Linear Park Corridor as a multimodal transportation hub in the heart of town. The project will link the Mount Union Area School District and surrounding neighborhoods to the central business district on the southern side of the rail lines.
Lancaster County: East Lampeter Township — $1.6 million to complete improvements that have been recommended in the Lincoln Highway Streetscape Plan targeting pedestrian and multimodal facilities, including the addition of a bicycle/pedestrian path on the south side of the highway, widening of the pedestrian sidewalk on the north side of the highway, and crosswalks at the signalized intersections. Property Investing and Management, Inc. — $2.2 million to improve existing roadways and construct new roadways along the Route 322 corridor in Ephrata Township and Ephrata Borough to directly facilitate the build-out of Ephrata Crossing, a mixed-use development project.
Lehigh County: Borough of Slatington — $440,000 to realign and reconstruct the SR 0873 / Walnut Street intersection in the Borough of Slatington to be completed in conjunction with the Lehigh County Walnut Street Bridge replacement. Borough of Coopersburg — $1.2 million for traffic, bicycling, and pedestrian improvements to Main Street and East State Street, including ADA-compliant pedestrian crosswalks at two key intersections, 0.11 miles of curb, sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, signs, and pavement marking.
Luzerne County: Avoca Borough — $1.6 million for improvements to the intersection of Main Street and McAlpine Street, including widening the southwest corner of the intersection to improve the right turn from McAlpine Street to Main Street. City of Wilkes-Barre — $250,000 to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Strauss Lane over Solomon Creek. Exeter Borough — $572,293 to restore and improve Route 1025 (Schooley Avenue) between Cedar Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Lehman Township — $472,615 for base repairs and paving on Old Route 115 from Jackson Road to Route 118. Pittston Township — $603,847 for improvements to the roadway and drainage to safely accommodate two-way traffic, improve the conveyance of stormwater, and improve the safety of roadways in the Township, including Baker Road, Chapel Road, and Upper and Lower Ridge Roads. Plains Township — $117,463 to redefine the access points to the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School, improving traffic flow and safety. West Hazleton — $1 million to replace the Jaycee Drive bridge over Black Creek in the Valmont Industrial Park.
Mercer County: City of Hermitage — $345,541 to construct sidewalks along the east side of South Route 18 (Hermitage Road) between Linden Pointe Business Campus and Morefield Road and intersection improvements at Armstrong, Emilie, and Morefield Roads. City of Sharon — $1.3 to repave and improve multiple streets throughout the city, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make these streets more accessible for commerce in the city. South Pymatuning Township — $261,585 for improvements to Wynnewood Drive, Kane Road, and Orangeville Road, including the removal and replacement of the current road surface; grinding, leveling, and repaving; replacement of the culverts, ditch, and berm areas of the roadway; and installation of new aggregate base to meet desired elevation on Wynnewood Drive.
Mifflin County: Oliver Township — $700,000 for full roadway reconstruction of Kansas and School House Roads, consisting of roadway widening, replacement of undersized culverts, road base improvements, and road rehabilitation to improve the safety of the roadway network.
Monroe County: Stroud Township — $521,616 to replace an existing steel beam stream crossing carrying Mervine Road (T-412) over Cherry Creek.
Montgomery County: Lower Moreland Township — $1.2 million to replace a structurally deficient structure and widen the roadway along Red Lion Road to accommodate existing traffic volumes. New Hanover Township — $125,394 to widen Route 73 to provide a separate eastbound left-turn lane along with minor reprofiling of a vertical curve to improve sight distance, as well as the installation of a traffic control signal. Towamencin Township — $1 million to widen Route 63 (Forty Foot Road) to improve traffic flow, upgrade signals, and install ADA-compliant pedestrian amenities. Upper Moreland Township — $390,000 for roadway widening along Davisville Road to provide a dedicated northbound right-turn lane onto Byberry Road. Northampton County: Lower Saucon Township — $219,640 to replace Lower Saucon Road Bridge, a two-lane culvert-style bridge. Philadelphia County: City Avenue Special Services District — $626,386 for road and pedestrian safety improvements on City Avenue. City of Philadelphia, Streets Department — $1.1 million to restore four unique historic streets to improve multimodal access, ADA compliance, and boost economic development in historic districts: Camac Street’s wood pavers, Waverly Street’s iron slag block, and Mermaid Lane and Winston Road’s cubical granite block. Mural Arts Philadelphia — $68,128 to improve the safety and utilization of Wayne Junction, a multimodal hub, through the addition of public art.
Pike County: Delaware Township — $626,897 to grade shoulders; superpave scratch and leveling; superpave wearing course; aggregate shoulder; prime coat; and line paint the entire length of Doolan Road and a portion of Park Road. Schuylkill County: County of Schuylkill — $674,720 for full depth reclamation, shoulder restoration, guiderail replacement, replacement or restoration of storm drainage features, and repaving of the park-and-ride lot on Airport Road. Kline Township — $211,667 to improve existing transportation infrastructure assets and enhance pedestrian safety through the repair of 13 sections of deteriorated highways used for residential, commercial, and industrial traffic throughout the township.
Tioga County: County of Tioga — $1 million to extend the Pine Creek Rail-Trail (PCRT) to a trailhead in Wellsboro Borough, three miles south. Westmoreland County: Borough of Youngwood — $400,000 for improvements to the Route 119 corridor (3rd and 4th Streets), including new roadway, ADA-compliant sidewalks, ADA ramps brought to current standards, and state-of-the-art signals along both streets. City of Latrobe — $100,000 to enhance the safety and accessibility of three downtown railroad underpasses by replacing deteriorated sidewalks, installing curb ramps, cleaning and painting steel I-beams and railings, and updating lighting.