SCRANTON, November 12, 2019 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced over $3.7 million in state grants for 10 projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The grant funding, approved earlier today, was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Recreation and Conservation grant program.

“This over $3.7 million investment is welcome news for communities in the 22nd District. The funding announced today will not only make our roadways safer, but these projects will also open areas for future development and economic activity,” Blake said. “I was glad to work with our state Representatives and local officials to ensure that these projects of need and merit were awarded state funding.”  

Blake noted that he worked closely with state Reps. Mike Carroll, Marty Flynn, Bridget Kosierowski and Kyle Mullins to secure the funding approved today.

The largest grant was a $1.5 million DCNR award for the development of the North Pocono Trail that will include the construction of 4 miles of trail between East Drinker St. in Dunmore Borough and the Elmhurst Reservoir in Elmhurst Township.

“I applaud Governor Wolf for his continued dedication to funding projects that provide recreational and healthy living opportunities while supporting small business and economic vitality,” Blake added.

In Lackawanna County, seven projects received Multimodal Transportation grant funding. The City of Carbondale received $500,000 to install sidewalks along Pike Street that will enable the extension of the Lackawanna Heritage Trail into the City.

Blakely Borough received $350,000 to complete Phase 2 of their sidewalk improvement project along Main Street in the borough. The Borough will install new sidewalks and curbing from Keystone Ave. to Academy St.

Archbald Borough received $265,000 to construct a culvert and extend East Ave. over Wildwood Creek that will enable access to two sites located at the former mine scarred Sturges Colliery site. The road extension and culvert will allow the site to be utilized for future economic development.

Roaring Brook Township received $215,000 to repave a number of roadways in the township – many of which have not been paved in over two decades.

Spring Brook Township received $200,000 for the Aston Mountain Road paving project.

The City of Scranton received $95,000 for preliminary engineering costs to rehabilitate the Cliff Street underpass in the city. The City plans to rehabilitate the underpass to make an ADA compliant access to the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna County Intermodal Transportation Center.

In Luzerne County, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport received $86,590 for the construction of a Business Center in the Joseph McDade Terminal Building.

Lastly, Mericle 112 Armstrong received $375,000 for the construction of a roadway to open 115 acres for development in Pittston Township in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East. The new roadway will support the construction of three new buildings of bulk industrial and flex space.

The CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

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