BROOKLINE, December 6, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced $3.724 million in state grant funds for eight Allegheny County transportation projects.

“This funding will help local planners make our transportation system more modern, efficient and attractive,” Fontana said. “I will continue to work with local government leaders and community advocates to obtain additional state resources for local projects.”

Fontana said the projects include:

  • $500,000 to the Associated Master Plumbers of Allegheny County for the Sheraden Community Pedestrian Safety Project in Pittsburgh. He said funds will be used for a streetscape and pedestrian safety project;
  • $350,000 to the Northside Leadership Conference for the Northside Transportation Improvement Project. Fontana said funds will be used to establish a streetscape along Guckert Way in Pittsburgh;
  • $200,000 to Duquesne University for the Duquesne University/Forbes Avenue Sidewalk and Light Pole Upgrade. He said funds will be used for the final phase of the university’s Forbes Avenue pedestrian improvement project;
  • $200,000 to Bike Share Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Health Ride Project Phase II. Fontana said the money will be used to add 25 new bike stations in Pittsburgh;
  • $232,077 to Crow Hill Development for the Heinz Buildings Redevelopment Transportation Improvements. He said funding will be used for roadway infrastructure upgrades to support the overall redevelopment of three Pittsburgh properties;
  • $750,000 to the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation for the Chartiers Avenue Gateway Streetscape Improvements Phase I. Fontana said funding will be used for streetscape improvements along Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks Borough;
  • $1 million to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh for Smallman Street Improvements. The Brookline lawmaker said funds will be used to help reconstruct a portion of Smallman Street in Pittsburgh; and
  • $492,616 to the City of Pittsburgh for the Mon Wharf Switchback. Fontana said funds will be used for hiker-biker trail improvements at the Monongahela Wharf Switchback in Pittsburgh.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund dollars were approved today by the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. The fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable transportation system is available. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.

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