HARRISBURG, February 8, 2018 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced six state multimodal grants totaling nearly $5 million.

“These state dollars will help communities advance and complete a number of important projects aimed at enhancing efficiency, safety and improving access throughout our region,” Fontana said.

Fontana said the six projects include:

  • Sharpsburg Borough – $1.5 million grant for the Main/19th intersection upgrades and road construction. Plans call for reconstructing 19th Street to the Riverfront 47 development including: intersection upgrades, signal installation, removal of overpass and retaining walls and construction of retaining walls. The total project cost is $4.075 million.
  • Bellevue Borough – $315,000 grant for work on the West Riverview Retaining Wall. The retaining wall project will eliminate emergency access safety and inefficient traffic problems. It is expected to enhance safety for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The total project cost is $450,000.
  • Castle Shannon Borough – $1.595 million for Castle Shannon Streetscape Phase II. Workers will provide handicapped access between three transit stations in Castle Shannon. The access and safety improvements will complement a new 152-unit apartment building being built on the Allegheny Port Authority parking lot. The total project cost is estimated at $3.333 million.
  • McKees Rocks Harbor Services, LLC – $638,015 grant for the McKees Rocks Harbor Services Barge Fleeting Area. This phase of the project will create the fleeting area for the first 12 of 25 barges. The total project cost is $911,450.
  • Metalico Pittsburgh, Inc. – $400,000 grant for a dock rehabilitation project that will require the installation of approximately 225 linear-feet of sheet pile wall. Once the restoration project is completed, it will provide river barge loading capabilities for another 20 years. The total project cost is $615,000.
  • Friends of Pittsburgh Professional Soccer – $500,000 grant for the Montour Junction Multimodal Project, which will enable officials at the Sports & Athletic Complex at Montour Junction to complete Phase II transportation improvements, including safe access for bikes, buses and pedestrians. The total project cost is $2 million.

The multimodal funds (Act 89 of 2013), administered by PennDOT, support ports and rail freight, increase aviation investments, establish dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and allow targeted funding for priority investments in any mode. The grants are aimed at improving efficiency, safety and transportation mobility.

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