Senator Yudichak Announces Multimodal Transportation Grants and Act 13 Grants for Luzerne County

Harrisburg, November 14, 2017— State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that eight projects in Luzerne County will receive more than $3.3 million in state funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Act 13 Grant program.

Under the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program, the Earth Conservancy will receive $2 million in state funding.

The grant will be used to fund the construction of access roads from the South Valley Parkway (SVP) to two key properties of reclaimed Earth Conservancy land. The access roads will open up close to 400 acres of land for additional economic development and will further leverage the $83 million infrastructure investment made in the communities of Hanover Township, Nanticoke City, Newport Township, Ashley, Sugar Notch, and Warrior Run.

“The Earth Conservancy has done a tremendous job reclaiming mine-scarred lands and returning those lands back to constructive use as community-building economic development and conservation projects,” said State Senator John Yudichak.  “Strategic public investments in infrastructure like the South Valley Parkway and its access points has already leveraged over $100 million in private investment, from companies like Northpoint, that will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in the South Valley and along the I-81 corridor,” added Senator Yudichak. 

Mike Dziak, President and CEO of Earth Conservancy, extended his thanks to Senator Yudichak, Representative Mullery and the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) after the announcement of the award.  “Senator Yudichak, Representative Mullery, the CFA, and DCED have been strong supporters of Earth Conservancy since its beginnings. We appreciate how they see the importance of our work, and back our efforts to bring environmental and economic revitalization to the communities we serve,” Dziak said.

State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure the funds for the Earth Conservancy. “The Earth Conservancy has been the leader in improving mine scarred lands and turning them into economic development opportunities across the region. I was pleased to work with Senator Yudichak to secure this funding for these access roads which will bring new investments for the region,” said Representative Gerald Mullery.  

Also under the Multimodal Transportation Fund program, Wilkes University will receive $503,288 for pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along Northampton Street located in Edwardsville Borough. Area State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) and Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for Wilkes University.

Additionally, Wyoming Borough will receive $167,995 for intersection improvements at Eighth Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Area State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for Wyoming Borough.

Under the Act 13 Grant program, funding for the following projects were announced: 

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $299,999 to replace a section of the retaining wall along Solomon Creek. They will also receive $75,000 for Weissman Park Improvements. Area State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

West Pittston Borough will receive $25,000 for Phase II improvements at Baltimore Avenue Park. Area State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

Larksville Borough will receive $155,355 for improvements at Romanoskey Park improvements. Area State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds. 

Hazle Township will receive $165,000 for improvements at Hazle Township Community Park. Area State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

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Yudichak and Heffley announce Carbon County Multimodal Transportation Funds

 

JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today announced that two Carbon County projects will receive over $700,000 in state funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

“Passage of Act 89 created critical transportation dollars that fund not only large scale statewide job creation and economic development projects, but also important projects like the completion of Lime Street in Bowmanstown,” said Yudichak.

“These projects will enhance public safety by shortening EMS response times and provide our first responders the opportunity to obtain required hours of training without traveling hours to other parts of the state. Our infrastructure is in desperate need of an update and I’m pleased to see these projects are receiving funds to be completed,” said Heffley.

The larger of the two local projects is receiving $494,636 in funding for the completion and connection of Lime Street, located in Bowmanstown Borough. Lime Street would connect the lower portion of Bowmanstown with the Meadowcrest subdivision, which is located on the east end of the borough.

The subdivision contains approximately 100 homes with another 25 lots available for new home sites. The subdivision currently has just one access road. The completion of this project would most importantly offer a direct access road for emergency personnel to travel in case of an emergency and cut response time by 15-20 minutes to this area of the borough.

Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Multimodal Transportation Funds

NANTICOKE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that six Luzerne County projects in the 14th

Senatorial District will receive more than $3.9 million in state funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

“As a longtime advocate for responsible infrastructure investments and a backer of Act 89 of 2013, which created the Multimodal Transportation Fund, I am pleased to announce this approval of state funding. These projects will improve our local transportation network, business districts, and neighborhoods,” said Senator Yudichak.

Area state representatives Mike Carroll, Gerald Mullery, Ed Pashinski, Aaron Kaufer and Tarah Toohil worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure the funds.

The Luzerne County projects approved for funding are:

Hazle Township will receive $1,000,000 for the extension of Hazle Township Boulevard.

The project will extend the boulevard and complete the construction of a link from State Route 309 to State Route 93.

City of Pittston Streetscape project will receive $560,000 for the continuation of a project on South Main Street. Proposed improvements include ADA compliant sidewalks, improved crosswalks and lighting to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

Plains Township Main Streetscape project will receive $323,600 to improve the area along Main Street.The project will include installation of new sidewalks, curbing, handicap ramps, and period style lighting from West Carey Street to Henry Street.

Hanover Township will receive $550,000 for a road resurfacing project for several streets in the township. The work will also rehabilitate storm water drainage and ADA accessible curb ramps.

City of Nanticoke will receive $673,000 for a streetscape project that will improve traffic flow and traffic safety in the downtown corridor along East Main Street.

West Pittston Borough will receive $150,658 to help fund a cooperative road improvement project with Exeter and Wyoming Boroughs.

Wilkes University will receive $650,000 to help fund pedestrian safety improvements near the Henry Student Center at the corner of River and South Streets.