Friday, October 14, 2016

Gov. Wolf Announces Multimodal Transportation Grants, Including Trail, Bike Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards Friday announced  37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from the Department of Transportation.
The projects include these related to trails and bike paths--
-- Allegheny County: Allegheny County Parks -- $2,100,000 to improve roadways throughout Allegheny County’s parks through widening the shoulders, paving, signage installation, and bike markings.
-- Dauphin County: City of Harrisburg -- $2,236,667 to improve the vehicular, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle movements within the city north of the Capitol Complex and to address several transportation-related safety issues. A total of $6,710,000 is committed over the next three years for this project.
-- Lancaster County: City of Lancaster -- $1,305,713 to construct the Northeast Trail Extension, a 2.35-mile on- and off-street trail that will connect the City to parks, schools, and employers to the east and northeast and create a bicycle commuter route.
-- Lackawanna County: Heritage Valley Partners, Inc. -- $463,179 to create safe, ADA-compliant access from existing Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to Lackawanna Avenue, providing a direct link to downtown commerce, government services, historical and cultural venues, and educational institutions.
-- Philadelphia: Schuylkill River Development Corporation -- $911,637 to complete the final phase of construction for the South Street to Christian Street extension of the Schuylkill River Trail (photo), including plaza paving, fencing, trail furniture installation, landscaping, irrigation, pavement markings, and signage.
A complete list of projects funded is available online.
“Communities across Pennsylvania rely on infrastructure improvements to support economic growth and attract new residents and businesses,” Gov. Wolf said. “These projects support improved transportation for all residents, whether they walk, bike or drive.”
“The fund allows us to assist communities with needed transportation improvements that otherwise may not move forward,” said PennDOT Secretary Richards. “This process represents an opportunity for worthwhile local projects to secure the support needed to come to fruition.”
The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives.
For more information about the program, visit PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation webpage.  Click Here for information on bike routes in Pennsylvania.  Click Here for more on trails in Pennsylvania.

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