Goodman, Argall announce $500,000 grant for safety improvements in Ashland

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall announced that Ashland will receive a $500,000 state grant for safety improvements along Centre Street in the borough’s central business district.

The grant was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program, which Goodman, D-Schuylkill, described as very competitive.

“I want to congratulate Ashland officials, particularly Council President Ann Marie Groody, for putting together such a strong application,” Goodman said. “This is a significant funding award.”

“I commend Ashland borough’s leaders for seeking out support and receiving this substantial grant,” added Argall, R-Schuylkill and Berks. “We are pleased to see the hard work of municipal leaders recognized by the state to make much needed changes for its downtown.”

The borough plans to use a portion of the money to install a traffic light with pedestrian controls at Centre and Ninth streets. The current light lacks pedestrian controls. This upgrade, Groody said, will make it safe for seniors and people with disabilities who live at the Ashland Hi-Rise to cross the street.

The borough also will replace three blocks of deteriorated sidewalk between Sixth and Ninth streets, along with 1,270 linear feet of curbing. In addition, 14 ramps will be brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Groody said this project will continue the improvements to the downtown that started several years ago.

“It’s awesome that Ashland can continue work started previously and to improve our Centre Street,” Groody said.