SCRANTON, May 8, 2018 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that four Lackawanna County projects will receive nearly $4 million in grants through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program and Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside.

The funding was announced today by Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards as part of a nearly $67 million investment in 82 projects across the Commonwealth.

“I applaud the Governor and Secretary Richards for their continued support of our region and their dedication to innovation and access to transportation alternatives and recreation,” Blake said. “The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail continues to be one of the strongest drivers of economic activity and the funding announced today will further strengthen its impact and connectivity between our local communities.” 

The following projects in Lackawanna County received grant funding:

  • The City of Scranton will receive $1 million to connect the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to the Steamtown National Historic Site and downtown Scranton with a pedestrian bridge.
  • Dickson City will receive $991,110 for streetscaping, safety improvements and a bike path connecting to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
  • Keystone College will receive $917,815 to provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe route to travel along College Road and also connect to the seven miles of public trails in the area of the campus.
  • The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will receive $200,000 to construct a 0.9 mile paved trail from Parker Street in Scranton to Boulevard Avenue in Dickson City – closing a major gap in the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. This funding supplements a $800,000 TA Set-Aside award from the Lackawanna and Luzerne Transportation Study MPO.

The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

Blake noted that PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections of awards based on safety benefit; cost; readiness for implementation; statewide or regional significance; and the integration of land-use and transportation decision making.

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