Burns: $440,905 grant to aid Portage streetscape project

Pedestrian safety and connectivity set to improve

PORTAGE, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant of $440,905 for Phase 2 of the Portage Borough sidewalk improvement project, through the PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Burns said this project is the second phase of a multi-phase streetscape program to establish pedestrian connectivity, and to improve pedestrian safety through installation of new lighting, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and signs.

“I’m very pleased that we’re starting off 2018 with the announcement of yet another significant state investment in our area,” said Burns, noting the award of $15 million in state grants and loans in the 72nd Legislative District in 2017. “I thank the CFA board for continuing this trend, the ultimate fruits of which are a better quality of life for residents and, hopefully, economic growth.”

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.

Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, such as streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.