Sen. Browne and Rep. Mackenzie Secure Infrastructure Funding for Vital Alburtis and Macungie Borough Projects

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA- Projects in Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs have been awarded funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Wednesday, April 21), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R- Berks, Lehigh), who collaborated to secure the grants. 

Alburtis Borough has been awarded $363,000 for improvements to the Bicentennial Village neighborhood, which encompasses Lockridge Lane, Roberts Street and East Second Street. Improvements will include the replacement of existing concrete sidewalks and vertical curbs, upgrades to meet current ADA standards, replacement of asphalt roadways and line restriping. Senator Browne and Representative Mackenzie had previously secured over $760,000 for the completion of the first phase of this project.

“The Borough of Alburtis would like to extend their appreciation to Senator Pat Browne and Representative Ryan Mackenzie for their hard work in obtaining additional funds to help us improve the Bicentennial Village development in the Borough,” said Sharon Trexler, Alburtis Borough Manager.

Macungie Borough has been awarded $435,000 to begin Phase V of their ongoing Main Street Streetscape Improvement plan. The project aims to calm traffic and improve safety while providing a pedestrian-friendly downtown corridor along this heavily traveled route. This phase is a key part of the Borough’s Main Street revitalization efforts and will provide additional street lighting, trees and pavers up to the end of Chestnut Street.

“This grant will be used to continue the Downtown Macungie Borough Streetscape Improvements,” John Yerman, Macungie Borough Council President. “ The original plan for these Improvements was defined by a citizens group several years ago and it is great to have additional funding to continue the implementation.  We appreciate the help of Senator Browne and Representative Mackenzie in securing the funding for the next phase.”

Browne and Mackenzie have previously collaborated to secure state funding for Macungie’s Main Street improvements, including Multimodal funding for the completion of phases III and IV of the streetscape program.

“Supporting our Borough’s infrastructure needs ensures that these municipalities will meet the challenge of providing modern amenities that continue to provide the high quality of life standards that their residents have come to expect,” Sen. Browne said. “I am pleased to have collaborated with Rep. Mackenzie to secure these funds for Alburtis and Macungie, which will serve to provide real and noticeable improvements.”

“I am glad to have been able to secure Multimodal Transportation Funding for Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs,” Rep. Mackenzie said. “These projects will help improve safety for all users, whether it be bikes, pedestrians, or vehicles.”

Across the Commonwealth, local government budgets have struggled to accommodate the growing demands placed upon their local infrastructure. These issues have been compounded due to budgetary and operational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Contact:           Matt Szuchyt          (Sen. Browne)        610-821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov
                        Paige Riegner         (Rep. Mackenzie)  610-965-9933, Priegner@pahousegop.com