DeLissio announces $1.76M in state grants for area bike, pedestrian projects

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $1.21 million Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant to improve Manayunk’s Main Street pedestrian walkway and another $550,000 CFA grant for river trail improvements in Lower Merion Twp.

The Manayunk Development Corporation and Manayunk Special Services District will use the money to buy and install pedestrian-scale street lighting and LED luminaires to improve safety at eight pedestrian crossings between Shurs and Green lanes.

“The added street lighting will assist in providing greater visibility and ease when strolling and crossing the streets of Manayunk, particularly where there may not be a traffic signal,” DeLissio said. “The lighting is expected to help the district become more pedestrian and cycling friendly.

“These improvements will enhance the Manayunk Street Corridor section of Philadelphia, heightening its safety and vibrancy, and encourage pedestrian traffic to frequent this long established and welcoming business corridor.”

In Lower Merion Twp., Penn Real Estate Group will use this grant to further the Pencoyd Landing Redevelopment Project by developing a public-use walking and biking trail along the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery County. These plans also call for repairing and renovating a deteriorated river wall for safety measures and beautification. 

“This investment in Bala Cynwyd’s development supports the many advantages of biking and walking, either as an enthusiast or commuter, which the community supports and embraces,” DeLissio said, “and I am pleased to be able to assist in targeting funds for this undertaking.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances projects and is an independent agency created by the legislature in 2004. The agency oversees many of the state’s infrastructure and community improvement programs aimed at using targeted state investments for economic development in all regions of the state.