Costa, Gainey secure grant funds for two local projects

HARRISBURG, Oct. 14 – More than $3 million in grant funds from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will be used to support two local projects focused on improving communities and providing recreational opportunities for residents, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced.

“We have a real opportunity to make a difference in our communities with these funds,” Costa said. “These projects, once completed, will provide new recreational opportunities for our residents. Our communities are vibrant and our residents are active. An investment in our community infrastructure, through the creation of pedestrian and bike paths, is an investment in the future of Allegheny County and the health of the residents who live here.”

“I’m pleased that we’re focusing on breathing new life into things that promote healthy options like bike riding and time with family,” Gainey said. “These projects will bring people together – so an investment in these projects is an investment in our people. When we invest in our communities and the people who live, work and raise their families here, we’re investing in our future and that is a win-win for everyone.”

Projects receiving funds in Costa and Gainey’s districts include:

  • Borough of Wilkinsburg, Wilkinsburg Complete Street Implementation Phase I -- $203,703 to enhance neighborhood connectivity, the flow of local two-way traffic and address bicycle connectivity. Specifically, the project will implement a two-way conversion on Wood Street and a bicycle lane on Ross Avenue.
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Eastside Shared Site Infrastructure -- $3 million for construction of a street, pedestrian and bike circulation and public space improvements in the four-acre area around ELTC – a transit-oriented development.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was established as a result of Act 89 – Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. The fund is designed to encourage economic development and a safer and more reliable transportation system, and established dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.