Barbin announces $15 million in Pennvest funding for Cambria County

Three 71st Legislative District projects receive low-interest loans

HARRISBURG, July 19 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, today announced the award of nearly $15 million in Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funding to three sanitary sewer/storm water projects in the 71st Legislative District.

“This massive injection of state funding is welcomed and necessary, as we resolve current issues and position Cambria County for future growth,” Barbin said. “I’d like to thank the Pennvest board for approving these projects – and thus improving the lives of our residents.”

Barbin offered the following insights on where and how the money will be spent:

  • $8.13 million is going to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority for its Hornerstown and Ohio Street Interceptor Storm Water Separation Project, to replace and rehabilitate approximately 12,050 feet of sewers.

  • $5.58 million is going to the city of Johnstown for its Ohio Street Sanitary/Storm Water Separation Project, to replace collection pipes, manholes and 20,000 feet of service laterals in the Ohio Street and Moxham areas.

  • $1.28 million is going to Franklin Borough for phase two of its Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project, to replace 3,885 feet of nearly 100-year-old pipe – as well as replacing 36 laterals and 16 manholes, among other things.

Barbin noted that the Johnstown city and Johnstown Redevelopment Authority awards, as well as $668,682 of the Franklin Borough award, consist of long-term loans with a nominal 1 percent interest rate. He said the remainder of the Franklin Borough funding package consists of a $612,318 grant.

Combined, Barbin said, the three projects are projected to create an estimated 65 construction jobs – 20 each for the Johnstown city and redevelopment authority projects, and 25 for the Franklin Borough project.

Barbin also noted that all three projects will improve public and aquatic health, as well as bring areas into compliance with state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and agreements.