LEHIGH VALLEY, PA- A critical intersection project in Upper Macungie Township has been awarded funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Friday, November 19), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Gary Day (R-Lehigh, Berks), who collaborated to secure the grant.
Upper Macungie Township was awarded $147,000 for the installation of a roundabout on Grange Road at Lenape Trail. The adjacent Grange Road Park is used for sporting activities and community events, which increase the need for safety and accessibility improvements as traffic counts continue to rise. These improvements will also help to accommodate future traffic flows stemming from the proposed Upper Macungie Township Community Center which is to be built at Grange Road Park.
The scope of work entails installation of a roundabout in place of the existing traditional intersection along with all ancillary safety devices for both motorists and pedestrians. The roundabout will specifically be designed to provide for safer access to and from the park from the surrounding developments.
“We want to say thank you to Sen. Browne and Rep. Day for their continued support of our community and for understanding the need to keep Upper Macungie a safe and healthy township,” read a statement from the Upper Macungie Board of Supervisors, Jim Brunnell, Sean Gill and Kathy Rader.
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.
“I am proud to support Upper Macungie’s efforts in providing innovative traffic solutions to improve the safety and accessibility of one of the Township’s most treasured parks,” Senator Pat Browne said. “A roundabout at this intersection will not only lead to a safer corridor but will also help to accommodate for the Township’s future growth.”
“With the growing traffic burden on Upper Macungie Township roadways it is important that the state continues to improve the transportation infrastructure to accommodate the needs of our growing community,” said Day. “Roundabouts have successfully dealt with traffic problems in the 187th Legislative District. I am pleased to bring state assets to the people of Upper Macungie Township to provide for mitigating delays on the roadways.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy McQuilken (Rep. Day) 610-760-7082, email@example.com