Barbin applauds 6 CFA grants for road safety, park projects across Cambria County

HARRISBURG, NOV. 14 – In his ongoing efforts to improve his community, state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, said that he is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Finance Authority approved six grants from the Multimodal Transportation Fund and Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to help pay for various road and park projects across the area.

“These economic development funds represent return of tax monies to keep our neighborhoods safe and flourishing,” Barbin said.

The projects include:

Summerhill Borough – granted $420,110 from MTF to go toward a $600,665 project aimed at safely connecting those exploring the Main Line Canal Greenway to the Recreation Park and Memorial Park areas, along with the municipal building and the Summerhill Fire Station. Construction involves replacing 1,862 feet of inadequate sidewalk, adding six handicap accessible ramps, and installing a new designated crosswalk area in the Forest Hills Region.

City of Johnstown – granted $225,000 from the GTRP for a $295,000 project to improve Roxbury Park by constructing a new storm water drainage system, replacing rusted fencing and backstops, installing energy-efficient lighting at various courts and fields, and repairing the maintenance facility roof.

DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, LLC – granted $91,460 from MTF to go toward a $130,658 project to improve Scalp Avenue in Richland Township, at the location of a new ambulatory care center. Construction at the intersection of Routes 219 and 56 involves adding a left-turn lane, a new traffic light and making a covered bus stop for Cambria Co. Transit Authority.

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies – granted $87,499 from the GTRP for a $102,941 project to buy and install playground equipment for the new Westmont Elementary School; it will be the first in Westmont Borough.

Coaches 4 Kids Foundation – granted $34,000 from the GTRP for a $40,000 project to rehabilitate Dale Borough Park in Conemaugh Township. With the help of the Department of the Army, work involves clearing the 34.8 acre park and constructing a new football field, parking areas and playground.

Johnstown Concert Ballet – granted $6,000 from the GTRP for a $40,000 project to construct a parklet next to their building at 318 Broad St., which will include benches, lighting and greenery.