Ciresi announces over $1.7M in grants for Limerick Township, Royersford Borough

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that two grants totaling $1.78 million have been awarded to Limerick Township and Royersford Borough to assist with sidewalk improvements and the rehabilitation of the Royersford Trestle Bridge.

“These grants help us build and repair our infrastructure,” Ciresi said. “This money will help ensure that our pedestrians are safer and those with different needs will be able to use our crosswalks and sidewalks. I can’t wait to see the restoration of the 1919 railroad bridge to enhance recreational outlets and connect our local trail systems.”

This allocation of money has been split into two separate grants for the district awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Royersford Borough will receive $1 million to restore the 1919 railroad trestle bridge, which spans the Schuylkill River from Royersford to Spring City. The bridge is approximately 1,020 feet long and will require extensive repairs that will include concrete maintenance to repair and reinforce the piers and abutments, replacement of longitudinal beams and roller bearings. When completed the bridge will be used by commuters from Spring City to Royersford and will connect to the Schuylkill River Trail and Royersford Trail system. The total project cost is $1.4 million.

“The Schuylkill River Trail – with over 65 miles connecting Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties – is an amazing resource for leisure, recreation and tourism,” Ciresi added. “This trestle project adds a crucial connector between Royersford and Spring City to encourage alternative commutes and active lifestyles.”

Limerick Township will receive $783,421 to enhance the safety of pedestrians travelling on North Lewis Road in the township, Royersford Borough, and Upper Providence Township. This project will include the installation of concrete curbs, sidewalks, ADA crosswalks, ADA ramps at driveway depressions, utility relocations, tree removal and trimming, paving, restriping and storm sewers. The proposed project site is between Washington Street and Spring Ford High School. The total cost of the project is $1.1 million.

For additional information, contact Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.