Sen. Browne and Rep. Schweyer Secure Infrastructure Funding for Allentown Project

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA- A project in the City of Allentown has 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 Pete Schweyer (D-Lehigh), who collaborated to secure the grant. 

Allentown was awarded $650,000 for Street Lighting improvements to be made along Mack Boulevard. The improvements are part of a larger city-driven effort to revitalize the Mack Boulevard corridor and expand walkability. The project will replace existing light poles from Emmaus Avenue to Trout Creek with 47 new LED streetlights. Completion of the project will enable consistent lighting to illuminate the roadway and immediate roadside, improving visibility for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on this corridor.

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.

“These funds represent tremendous improvements along a heavily traveled city corridor, creating a safer and more vibrant environment,” Senator Browne said. “When completed, Mack Boulevard will be more pedestrian friendly and serve to better connect the city’s residents with the businesses and jobs along this corridor and the surrounding area.”

“As part of the ongoing improvements within Allentown, a focus has been on expanding the walkability of the city,” said Representative Schweyer. “There is a large apartment complex, public pool and 1st class office space along this stretch of Mack Blvd.  All of which generate significant foot traffic at any given time of day. The addition of this lighting will improve neighborhood safety and quality of life for nearby residents.  I am pleased to work with Senator Browne to secure the necessary funding for this project”

“The new streetlights will be a tremendous safety enhancement to a one mile stretch of Mack Boulevard which has been made even more popular by the installation of bicycle lanes,” Mayor Ray O’Connell said. “We look forward to getting started on preliminary engineering and final design work, so construction can begin sometime next year, and we thank Senator Browne and Representative Schweyer for their assistance in securing the grant funding for the project.”

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
                        Nancy Wilt             (Rep. Schweyer)   NWilt@pahouse.net