Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Feb. 1 that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.
"Transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state," Wolf said in a release. "These investments will improve overall mobility and safety while bolstering commercial projects."
Reflecting Wolf's and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards' commitment to improving locally owned infrastructure, several of the projects will also help local governments address bridges and roadways in need of repair or replacement.
"Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all means of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” Richards said. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”
PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.
In Berks County, Caernarvon Township received $208,854 to decrease the turning radius from Route 10 onto Shiloh Road and improve sight distances at the intersection.
“This investment of state dollars will improve traffic safety in the area and help facilitate several economic development projects in the area,” said Sen. Judy Schwank in her own release about the grant. “It’s a win-win for residents of the area and our local and regional economies.”
For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button.