Kulik: $1.53 million in grants to aid transportation projects

Barge fleeting area, dock rehabilitation, sports and athletic complex to benefit

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced three Commonwealth Financing Authority grants worth a combined $1.53 million for projects in the 45th Legislative District.

Kulik said that the state Transportation Department's Multimodal Transportation Fund is serving as the source for:

  • $638,015 awarded to McKees Rocks Harbor Services LLC for Phase 1 of a barge fleeting area project that will ultimately handle 25 barges.

  • $500,000 awarded to Friends of Pittsburgh Professional Soccer for Phase II transportation improvements at the Montour Junction Sports & Athletic Complex, to provide safe access for bikes, buses and pedestrians.

  • $400,000 awarded to Metalico Pittsburgh Inc. for a dock rehabilitation project that includes installation of 225 linear feet of sheet pile wall. When completed, the project is estimated to allow for river barge loading capabilities for another 20 years.

“I thank the CFA board for making these investments in our district,” Kulik said. “An efficient, multifaceted transportation system is essential to compete economically, and the project funding coming our way helps achieve that goal.”

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.