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Nanticoke, February 8, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that two projects in Luzerne County will receive over $800,000 in grant funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Hazle Township will receive $558,435 in funding for improvements to Old Airport Road. The project will include full width milling and overlay of the road, as well as constructing a new bike lane and drainage improvements near the Hazleton Regional Airport. The new bike lane is a continuation of the existing bike lane, which begins at nearby Hazle Township Community Park.

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund will receive $301,774 for the Plains Township East Carey Street Streetscape Project. The project seeks to improve safety and provide access to the businesses in this area through sidewalk and curb replacement.

“Public infrastructure projects, like the ones funded today, make an immediate impact on enhancing the quality of life in our communities, and they set the stage for further economic growth in Luzerne County,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

“The improvements made to Old Airport Road and the expansion of the bike lane will have a positive impact to our community. I thank Senator Yudichak, Representative Mullery, and Representative Toohil for helping to secure these funds for Hazle Township,” said Jim Montone, Chairman of the Hazle Township Board of Supervisors.

“As we continue to revitalize Plains Township, these funds are essential for making safety enhancements to East Carey Street so that we may continue to attract businesses and provide our residents and visitors with a beautiful walkable downtown area,” said Plains Township Board of Commissioners Chairman Gerald Yozwiak.

In addition to working with local municipal leaders, State Senator Yudichak worked with leaders of Luzerne County’s legislative delegation including — Rep. Mike Carroll, Rep. Gerald Mullery, and Rep. Tarah Toohil to secure funding for these regional projects.