The City of Allentown was awarded a $500,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Tuesday, March 26), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne, Representative Mike Schlossberg and Representative Peter Schweyer, who worked together to secure the grant for the city.
The CFA grant will fund the third phase of the American Parkway lighting project. The project includes the installation of streetlights on American Parkway between Airport Road and Gordon Street to enhance motorist safety. Currently, only the bridge spanning the Lehigh River and the signalized intersections have any street lighting.
“American Parkway is a vital corridor for the city of Allentown, its residents and for economic interests,” Senator Browne said. “Ensuring that this road provides a safe and expeditious means of travel cannot be understated.”
““As the Lehigh Valley continues to grow and the Allentown Waterfront Redevelopment gains traction, access to Center City Allentown is going to be critical for our region’s economy. The improvements this project contains are important for the safety of motorists as demand for this road continues to grow,” Representative Schlossberg said.
Representative Schweyer said. “An often overlooked fact is that the American Parkway corridor truly connects Route 22 to Interstate 78 and is fast becoming Allentown’s most important connector of these two highways. We need to take proactive moves like this CFA investment in order to continue our economic recovery in Center City Allentown, promote spillover development on the City’s East and South sides and ensure a safe commute for all.”
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 CFA awards the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, which aim to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the Commonwealth.