NANTICOKE, December 6, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that six projects in Luzerne County will receive close to $2 million in state funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.
“As a supporter of the legislation that created the Multimodal Transportation Fund, I am pleased to announce funding has been secured for projects that will enhance local infrastructure and create new jobs in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Ashley, Bear Creek and Jenkins Township,” said Senator John Yudichak. “Local communities often have limited resources to invest in major transportation projects, so securing these state dollars is essential to improving the quality of life and setting the stage for economic growth in Luzerne County,” added Senator Yudichak.
The local projects include:
- Market Square Redevelopment: $430,000 for Market Square Properties Development, LLC for roadway and sidewalk work in the city of Wilkes-Barre as part of the Market Street Redevelopment project.
- George Avenue Streetscape: $600,000 to complete a pedestrian safety streetscape on George Avenue in the city of Wilkes-Barre. The project will help the city transform the smaller business districts that are not located in the immediate downtown business district.
State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for the Market Square Redevelopment and George Avenue Streetscape.
“As part of the revitalization of the downtown area, these projects will continue the beautification and transformation of the city of Wilkes-Barre. The changes to Market Street Square will leverage private investment and enhance the whole appearance of the block, and the George Avenue Streetscape project will improve the small business district by connecting the city to our neighborhoods,” said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne).
“As Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, I am extremely grateful to Senator Yudichak and Representative Pashinski for the funding that they secured for investment in Wilkes-Barre. The projects will improve both downtown Wilkes-Barre and George Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare of the Parsons neighborhood. It is vital that we invest in both our downtown commercial district as well as our neighborhood business districts to create prosperity in the entire city,” said Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George.
The City of Nanticoke also received $463,742 for intersection improvements at Broadway and East Main Street. The project will create a safer intersection for both motorists and pedestrians and will provide multimodal access to the city through multiple parking facilities and spacious lighted sidewalks. State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.
“I am pleased that these funds have been secured to further enhance the ongoing streetscape project in the city of Nanticoke. These intersection improvements are essential for the safety of our community as we continue to revitalize the downtown area,” said Representative Gerald Mullery.
Upon hearing today’s announcement, Nanticoke Mayor Richard Wiatrowski issued the following statement: “On behalf of the City of Nanticoke, I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and Rep. Mullery for supporting the revitalization of our downtown and driving critical state funding to these efforts.”
Other local projects that received funding include:
- Ashely Borough Infrastructure Improvements: $100,000 to assist with infrastructure repairs throughout Ashley Borough.
- Old East End Boulevard Road Reconstruction: $100,000 for the reconstruction of Old East End and Pittston Boulevards located in Bear Creek Township.
- River Road and Market Street Intersection Improvements: $82,000 to widen the roadway at the intersection of River Road and Market Street in Jenkins Township.
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