Alburtis, Upper Saucon Township Receive Multimodal Grants

Two Lehigh County projects were awarded grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (December 6), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne.

Upper Saucon Township and the Borough of Alburtis were both awarded grants through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Upper Saucon Township will receive $990,000 which will be used for intersection and pedestrian improvements at PA Route 309 and Lanark/Camp Meeting roads. The project includes widening and realigning of the intersection, turn lane installation and new pedestrian signals, sidewalks and crosswalks. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will also be installed as well as upgrades to the existing storm water facilities.

Alburtis will receive $173,612 to help fund pedestrian safety projects along Walnut Street in the Borough. These improvements aim to complement previous safety improvements done to adjacent Third Street by further installing curbs, sidewalks, ADA ramps and storm sewers. Walnut Street is primarily used by students walking to and from nearby Alburtis Elementary School. The grant will also allow the Borough to repave a portion of Walnut Street.

“These projects are a great example of state and local governments working together to better provide a safe and efficient transportation network here in Pennsylvania,” Senator Browne said “I am pleased to have been able to secure funding for these projects, assuring local municipalities have the resources needed to provide essential responsibilities of local governments: public safety and transportation infrastructure.”

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

The DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Contact:           Matt Moyer      (717) 787-1349