Bizzarro announces $7.3 million for local infrastructure projects

Public works & safety projects to get needed state funds

ERIE, March 16—Sixteen projects across Erie County will be receiving funding help from the state thanks to grants released by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced Thursday.

“From street renovations, to building restorations, to vital equipment purchases, this funding will help make Erie County a safer and more beautiful place to live,” said Bizzarro. “I’m pleased to see this important funding awarded to Erie County, which will greatly benefit our residents. These are all projects that plan to make vast improvements to our communities.”

The board is distributing the funding through two separate grant programs-- the Statewide Local Share Account program and Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. Erie County projects have been awarded a total of $7,334,161. The projects receiving this money include:

  • $500,000 to the City of Erie to install four traffic signals along State Street
  • $1,000,000 to the City of Erie for improvements to the Erie Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection System
  • $1,000,000 to the Erie City Water Authority for a water system expansion and consolidation project located in Greene Township.
  • $966,260 to the Fairview Township Water Authority for a sanitary sewer line installation project along Canal Road, Lakeview Ave., Rupert Drive and Jacob Lane
  • $986,310 to Lake City Borough to upgrade and replace waterlines on Rice Avenue
  • $500,000 to the City of Erie to fund traffic, pedestrian and cyclist improvements to State Street
  • $450,000 to the City of Erie for a complete street construction project on East Lake Road
  • $437,182 to the Borough of Edinboro for the construction of a new maintenance building for the Edinboro Wastewater Plant
  • $350,000 to the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Union City for improvements to the borough’s water distribution system
  • $335,205 to Albion Borough to complete restoration of the Albion Area Public Library
  • $325,000 to the City of Erie to purchase a new Erie Bomb Squad Regional Response vehicle
  • $142,234 to the City of Erie to purchase a new vehicle for the City of Erie Fire Department Dive Team
  • $108,514 to Waterford Borough to purchase a new self-contained leaf vacuum, replacing a failing 25-year-old unit
  • $94,367 to the Borough of Edinboro for a downtown streetscape project
  • $94,109 to the Borough of Wesleyville to buy a new front loader tractor for the Public Works Department
  • $44,980 to the Borough of Edinboro to renovate and modernize the community room in the borough building

The funds distributed through the Statewide Local Share Account grant program come from gaming revenues. Act 71 of 2004 provides for the distribution of gaming revenues to support projects in the public interest within the state. 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.

Today’s announcement continues to prove Bizzarro’s commitment to the people of Erie County. So far this year alone, he has helped secure more than $8 million in state funding for Erie County projects.