SCRANTON, Sept. 10, 2014 – Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth is investing more than $1.5 million in four Lackawanna and Luzerne county communities with the help of new state grants.

“These new investments will deliver better roads in Scott Township, safer pedestrian and bicycle paths in Scranton, and the next steps in a police regionalization effort in Dupont,” Sen. Blake said.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the latest round of grants, and they come from Pennsylvania’s local share gaming, or LSA, program, CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund and the state’s Small Water and Sewer Program.

Heritage Valley Partners Inc. received the largest of the grants, $700,000. The money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will help to pay for a $1.8 million renovation of pedestrian and bicycle safety paths in Scranton. A deteriorating retaining wall along a pedestrian corridor will also be replaced.

“The Lackawanna Heritage Valley trail system has been delivering quality of life and economic impact returns year over year. The announcement of additional state funds for public safety improvements and trail upgrades in the City of Scranton will continue to enhance and sustain those returns for local families as well as draw more visitors to the city,” Blake said.

Scott Township is receiving a $300,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to help pay for the repair of Discovery Drive and Sam’s Road. The total project is expected to cost $464,640.

A sidewalk and culvert repair project will also take place in Dupont Borough with the award of a $282,000 local share gaming grant. The borough will also receive $100,000 from LSA to help pay for its police regionalization effort.

Finally, Spring Brook Township Sewer Authority will receive $125,000 to help pay for the replacement of an aeration system. The grant is coming from the state’s Small Water and Sewer System Program.