Comitta announces over $2.7 million in state funding for local roads

WEST CHESTER, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that a total of $2.27 million in liquid fuels payments will be released to help municipalities in the 156th Legislative District maintain roads and bridges.

“These funds are vital to helping our local municipalities maintain the roads and bridges for the safety of everyone who travels them,” Comitta said. “As someone who has spent numerous years serving the local government in West Chester and now, as I serve on the Boroughs Subcommittee of the Local Government Committee in the House, I fully understand how much our municipalities rely on these payments and I’m thankful that everyone in our district will benefit from these funds.”

This year, nearly $466.2 million in total funding will be given to certified municipalities across Pennsylvania. The municipalities in the 156th District that received funding include:

  • Birmingham Township, $158,484;
  • East Goshen Township, $526,752;
  • Thornbury Township, $110,841;
  • Westtown Township, $367,707;
  • West Chester Borough, $429,825;
  • West Goshen Township, $683,698.

Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 120,091 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 72,856 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally owned roads.

To be counted as eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.