Blake Announces Nearly $7.5 Million in Liquid Fuels Payments for Local Municipalities

SCRANTON, March 2, 2020 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that communities across Lackawanna County are the recipients of $7.48 million in liquid fuels payments to help with the maintenance of roads and bridges.

The announcement is part of a $487.5 million investment through PennDOT’s annual municipal liquid fuels distributions.  The payments to municipalities are based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally-owned roads.

“This funding is an important annual investment in our communities and into our local transportation infrastructure.  Significant increases in this funding to local communities were made possible by Act 89 of 2013, which I was proud to support,” Blake said. “The maintenance and upkeep of our roads and bridges is critical to the safety of our residents. Additionally, the City of Scranton, for the first time in years, got a positive bond rating involving the securitization of these increased liquid fuels dollars – and that was an important milestone in the City’s financial recovery.”

The following list includes the net allocation of liquid fuels payments for municipalities across Lackawanna County:

  • Scranton City: $2,320,105 (Population: 76,089; Miles: 263.38)
  • Carbondale City: $264,540 (Population: 8,891; Miles: 28.28)
  • Waverly Township: $66,549 (Population: 1,743; Miles: 9.92)
  • Benton Township: $141,029 (Population: 1,908; Miles: 31.29)
  • Carbondale Township: $37,312 (Population: 1,115; Miles: 4.77)
  • Clifton Township: $43,682 (Population: 1,480; Miles: 4.58)
  • Covington Township: $127,921 (Population: 2,284; Miles: 25.2)
  • Elmhurst Township: $46,620 (Population: 894; Miles: 8.83)
  • Fell Township: $98,055 (Population: 2,178; Miles: 16.86)
  • Glenburn Township: $53,475 (Population: 1,246; Miles: 8.86)
  • Greenfield Township: $141,572 (Population: 2,105; Miles: 30.32)
  • Jefferson Township: $164,996 (Population: 3,731; Miles: 27.99)
  • La Plume Township: $23,931 (Population: 602; Miles: 3.71)
  • Thornhurst Township: $26,125 (Population: 1,085; Miles: 1.59)
  • Madison Township: $121,778 (Population: 2,750; Miles: 20.68)
  • Newton Township: $150,017 (Population: 2,846; Miles: 28.59)
  • North Abington Township: $45,992 (Population: 703; Miles: 9.74)
  • Ransom Township: $71,831 (Population: 1,420; Miles: 13.36)
  • Roaring Brook Township: $123,056 (Population: 1,907; Miles: 25.91)
  • Scott Township: $210,649 (Population: 4,905; Miles: 34.92)
  • South Abington Township: $305,509 (Population: 9,073; Miles: 39.38)
  • Spring Brook Township: $146,985 (Population: 2,768; Miles: 28.13)
  • West Abington Township: $23,184 (Population: 250; Miles: 5.51)
  • Archbald Borough: $253,378 (Population: 6,984; Miles: 35.77)
  • Blakely Borough: $205,173 (Population: 6,564; Miles: 23.74)
  • Clarks Green Borough: $49,445 (Population: 1,476; Miles: 6.33)
  • Clarks Summit Borough: $179,859 (Population: 5,116; Miles: 24.48)
  • Dalton Borough: $51,042 (Population: 1,234; Miles: 8.2)
  • Dickson City Borough: $192,057 (Population: 6,070; Miles: 22.65)
  • Dunmore Borough: $443,376 (Population: 14,057; Miles: 52.29)
  • Jermyn Borough: $75,624 (Population: 2,169; Miles: 10.19)
  • Jessup Borough: $155,164 (Population: 4,676; Miles:19.61)
  • Mayfield Borough: $58,733 (Population: 1,807; Miles: 7.2)
  • Moosic Borough: $205,044 (Population: 5,719; Miles: 28.56)
  • Moscow Borough: $72,780 (Population: 2,026; Miles: 10.16)
  • Old Forge Borough: $284,252 (Population: 8,313; Miles: 37.38)
  • Olyphant Borough: $162,677 (Population: 5,151; Miles: 19.13)
  • Taylor Borough: $172,801 (Population: 6,263; Miles: 15.77)
  • Throop Borough: $123,792 (Population: 4,088; Miles: 13.59)
  • Vandling Borough: $21,151 (Population: 751; Miles: 2.02)

Blake noted that municipalities can use 20 percent of their annual net allocation of these funds for the purchase of new equipment for maintenance and upkeep of local roads and bridges.

In order to be eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality; meet certain dimension requirements; and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.  

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Blake Encourages Municipalities to Apply for Multimodal Grant Funding

SCRANTON, October 1, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today encouraged local governments and businesses pursuing transportation improvement projects to apply for funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“When we passed the historic transportation funding package in 2013, we wanted to ensure that our investments in transportation projects across the Commonwealth would create jobs, stimulate regional economies and make travel safer for our commuters,” Blake said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides that opportunity for our municipalities, local transportation agencies and business community by encouraging development and innovation to create a safe and efficient transportation network.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin accepting applications for the $40 million available in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants for the coming fiscal year on October 3. The program is open to municipalities, counties, school districts, councils of government, businesses, non-profits, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, transportation management associations, ports or rail/freight entities.

Blake said that grants through the Multimodal Transportation Fund can be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities including streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. PennDOT will evaluate applicants based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

Applications for multimodal grants are due by December 18 and PennDOT plans to announce the grant recipients in early 2016 for the funds that will be released in July 2016.

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