Rep Flynn announces $215K in local transportation projects

SCRANTON, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna has announced two transportation funding grants totaling $215,000 to make upgrades to area roadways in Lackawanna County.

Flynn worked in cooperation with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, to obtain the grant funding. 

Flynn outlined the grants awarded:

  • $120,000 grant to South Abington Township to pave Simerell Road, which is currently a gravel road.
  • $95,000 grant to rehabilitate the Cliff Street underpass to make it ADA-compliant across the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna County Intermodal Transportation Center, which is accessible only by vehicle down a very narrow winding incline to the site.

“These projects are an important part of Scranton’s continued economic and recreational development, and it’s rewarding to be able to continue to invest in local projects,” Flynn said.

Flynn said Simerell Road serves as direct access to South Abington businesses and larger travel arteries such as state routes 6 &11, I-81 and I-476. Simerell Road is also a bus route, which serves Abington School District. Total project cost is $142,670.

Flynn said the Steamtown project cost totals $107,467

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