Harrisburg, September 17, 2019 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that three projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County will receive $325,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority under the Act 13 program.

“Pennsylvania’s Act 13 investment in important infrastructure projects like the Railroad Street Flood Mitigation Project in Newport Township and closing the gaps on the Delaware and Lehigh Trail will help to sustain and promote continued economic growth in Luzerne County,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Newport Township will receive $160,000 for their Railroad Street Flood Mitigation Project. The project will eliminate dangers and flooding associated with a potential future sidewalk and culvert collapse on Railroad Street. Representative Mullery assisted with securing funding for the Railroad Street Flood Mitigation Project.

“On behalf of the commissioners and residents of Newport Township, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the work done by Senator Yudichak to procure funding of this critical piece of infrastructure improvement,” said Peter Wanchisen, Newport Township Manager. “Railroad Street will be made safer and more eye appealing when the work is completed. The project will have a very positive impact on the quality of life for the residents of Newport Township.”

The North Branch Land Trust will receive $115,000 to construct six miles of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail beginning in Oliver Mills, Laurel Run Borough to Giants Despair in Wilkes-Barre Township. The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 165-mile trail that begins in Bristol Borough in Bucks County and ends in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.

“Building the D&L Trail is a group effort,” said Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. “The Act 13 grant funding awarded to North Branch Land Trust demonstrates the key role the Commonwealth plays in connecting this universally accessible pathway for residents and visitors alike.”

The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority will receive $50,000 for the Spring Run Stream Restoration Project. Funding will be utilized for both the design and construction of the streambank restoration and riparian buffer plantings. The project is being implemented to reduce erosion, sedimentation and nutrients in Spring Run and Solomon Creek. This project will also provide a pollution reduction credit toward WVSA’s regional stormwater management program that targets the overall reduction of sediment and nutrients from the Susquehanna River that leads into the Chesapeake Bay.

Senator Yudichak has worked with the entire Northeast Legislative delegation to help reduce the costs of WVSA’s regional stormwater management program.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.