Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs have been awarded Multimodal Transportation Fund grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Tuesday, November 12), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh, Berks), who collaborated to secure these grants.
Alburtis was awarded $726,000 for improvements to Lockridge Lane and Second and Roberts Streets in the Borough. Improvements will include sidewalk replacements, storm water upgrades, ADA enhancements and replacement of several sections of road.
“Alburtis is the smallest of all the Boroughs in Lehigh County and our ability to provide for the quality of life services that our residents need is always tempered by the requirements placed on the borough by State and Federal regulations. The Lockridge community, which this grant will benefit, was built in the mid 70’s and the infrastructure is in need of repair,” said Ron DeIaco, Alburtis Borough Council President. “Our much deserved thanks goes out to Senator Pat Browne and his staff, especially Shawn Millen, and to Ryan Mackenzie’s office and his staff, for helping with our request for grant monies and for expediting the granting process. The residents of Alburtis can be comforted by the fact that, in this time of political volatility, we have these friends in state government.”
Macungie Borough was awarded $450,000 to begin phase four of its Main Street streetscape improvement project. The project will cover four blocks of Main Street, beginning at Lea Street and ending at Chestnut Street. Phase four will include the replacement of sidewalks, 1,650 square feet of bricks, 72 new street lights, 50 trees, pedestrian and traffic signage and landscaping.
“While many small Boroughs are struggling with increased population growth from their neighboring communities and wondering what to do, Macungie has addressed this issue and maintained its identity as a good safe place to live and raise children,” said Christopher T. Becker, Macungie Borough Council President. “The support and continued funding for our Streetscapes project have been driven by Senator Pat Browne and Representative Ryan Mackenzie who have made our vision a reality and have been beneficial in the funding support of this project from its conception.”
“Rep. Mackenzie and I recognize the challenges that our local boroughs have in replacing and improving their transportation and infrastructure assets,” Senator Browne said. “These funds will go a long way in ensuring that these boroughs can meet the needs and challenges that they face in an ever growing Lehigh Valley region.”
“This funding will help make needed improvements in Alburtis Borough that will increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Representative Mackenzie. “I’m grateful we can provide funding to help communities like Alburtis address their transportation and infrastructure needs.”
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.