136th District receiving $1.7 million in state funding

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 - State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced Easton will benefit from a share in $1.7 million in state funding awarded to the district.

"This funding is great news for Lafayette College, and the city of Easton," Freeman said. "It is because of these grants, these entities can move forward on important projects for the benefit of our region -- focused on enhancing safety and boosting our economy.

The projects and awards are as follows:

  • Lafayette College in Easton will receive $1.5 million for its Easton Skyways elevator and walkway transportation initiative to connect the city’s central business district to the college’s main campus via the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides grants to enhance communities, improve pedestrian safety and boost transit revitalization.

  • Easton will receive $200,000 to address federal American with Disabilities Act compliance issues, improve pedestrian safety and redesign traffic flow along Wood Avenue to the 13th Street exit off of Route 22, with funds for the corridor from the Multimodal fund. When finished Wood Avenue will be a pedestrian friendly boulevard style street. The total estimated cost of the project is $1,700,002.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide.