Harrisburg, March 26, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that eight projects in the 14th Senatorial District received $3.25 million in state funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund program.

“As new economic development brings more jobs to Luzerne County, we must make sound investments in infrastructure projects that support the rapid growth that is occurring. I am grateful that the Commonwealth recognizes that investing in these infrastructure projects will yield great returns for the people of both Luzerne County and northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak. 

The Earth Conservancy will receive $500,000 for the Loomis Bank Access Road Project. The roadway, located in Hanover Township, will connect the Earth Conservancy’s reclaimed Loomis Bank and an adjacent parcel to the South Valley Parkway with the intent of stimulating economic development on the sites. Loomis Bank is part of the Hanover Crossings. Senator Yudichak worked with Representative Gerald Mullery (D- Luzerne) to secure funding for the Earth Conservancy.

“It was great working with Senator Yudichak to secure this funding for the Earth Conservancy. The Earth Conservancy has been a vital part of the development of the lower South Valley. I look forward to continued success and revitalization of former mine scarred lands and the creation of family sustaining jobs in the South Valley,” said Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne).

Mike Dziak, President and CEO of Earth Conservancy, extended his thanks to the CFA and DCED.  Noted Dziak, “These agencies have supported the Earth Conservancy from the beginning, understanding the crucial connection between planning, infrastructure, and economic growth.  All are essential to community revitalization.”  He also recognized Senator Yudichak and Representative Mullery, lauding their ongoing efforts to help improve the South Valley through reutilization of legacy mine lands, like Loomis Bank.

Luzerne County will be receiving $200,000 for the Hanover Industrial Estates Improvement Project. The project will include the installation of sidewalks and curbs with ADA accessibility and the placement of 18 bus shelters throughout the Hanover Industrial Estates.

“This funding is vital in ensuring pedestrian safety as more people are being hired to work at Chewy.com, Adidas, and Patagonia in the Hanover Industrial Estates,” said Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri. “I appreciate the support of Senator Yudichak and the Luzerne County delegation in helping to secure this funding.”

In Plains Township, JCJ Holdings II, LLC will receive $250,000 towards the Plains Shopping Center Traffic Control Project. This project includes a traffic signal, road widening and turning lanes that are necessary for bringing in new retailers to the shopping center. 

Also, in Plains Township, $800,000 will go toward the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Access Project, which contains three components that are designed to improve safety and flow adjacent to the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School in the township. The components are recommendations made by PennDOT and include a school driveway at Main Street and a school driveway at Maffett Street as well as removing the Northampton Fuel Road at Main Street.

“As we continue to bring in more retailers to the Plains Shopping Center, we need to ensure that our roads can handle the increase in traffic. This funding will help the township make improvements that are essential to keeping those who visit the shopping center safe,” said Plains Township Board of Commissioners Chairman Gerald Yozwiak. “Additionally, the funding received for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Access Project is vital for improving safety and traffic flow as the school district works to construct their new high school on the remediated 78 acre site.” 

“The Wilkes-Barre Area School District project will create a state of the art high school that our students desperately deserve, and with any large building project, traffic issues must be addressed,” Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) said. “These safety improvements are necessary to ensure the proper traffic flow as recommended by PennDOT and I’m confident they’ll help congestion in the area.”

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $600,000 for the King’s College Multimodal Transportation Improvement Project. This project includes the replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramps, pavement markings, and brick pavers as well as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks with flashing pedestrian beacons, pedestrian lampposts and lighting utilizing energy efficient LED lights and the installation of benches, trashcans, trees and signage. Senator Yudichak worked with Representative Pashinski to secure funding for this project.

“These improvements will benefit not only students and faculty at King’s College, but also members of the community who attend many of the events the college puts on,” Representative Pashinski said. “I appreciate Governor Wolf and his administration’s continued support of Wilkes-Barre and the institutions that call our area home.”

Other projects receiving funding in the 14th District include:

  • $500,000 to Swoyersville Borough for the Swoyersville Borough Street Improvement Project.
  • $300,000 for Ashley Borough for the Ashley Main Street Streetscape.
  • $100,000 for Luzerne Borough for the Luzerne Vision Plan.

In addition to working with local municipal leaders, Senator Yudichak worked with leaders of Luzerne County’s legislative delegation including Representatives Carroll, Kaufer, Mullery and Pashinski to secure funding for these regional projects.