Kosierowski: Nearly $1.5 million awarded for streetscape/trail improvement projects in Lackawanna County

HARRISBURG, April 20 -- State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, announced today that two projects in Lackawanna County designed to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the county have been awarded a total of $1,485,00 in funding.

“Today’s announcement is great news for our area,” said Kosierowski. “The funding will enable both Dickson City Borough and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority to make important upgrades and public safety improvements. I’m always happy when these investments are made here at home. Projects that address public safety concerns and mobility issues -- especially projects that enhance our infrastructure -- are the type of vital investments with the biggest reach and impact, extending beyond this generation and into the next.”

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority was awarded $300,000 and will use the funding to close a critical gap in the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, by the creation of the Dickson City Rail Trail Connector, designed to provide an alternative transportation corridor for safe pedestrian and cyclist passage from the busy main street. Kosierowski said that this project will assist in moving trail users along Enterprise Lane that turns into Eagle Lane.

According to Kosierowski, Dickson City Borough will use its portion of the funding for the Dickson City Streetscape Eagle Lane to Dundaff Street (Phase III) Project. Work in the third phase includes fully developing the multi-modal Dickson City Main Avenue Plan; providing alternative access and transportation modes to connect citizens of all abilities with Dickson City’s historic downtown, existing trails, businesses, parks, and a hospital. Kosierowski said that the project also involves inclusion of alternative transportation types (bicycle, pedestrian, and encouraging use of the existing bus system).

The Biden administration awarded $54.1 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. Before the passage of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, only $18 million would have been available to the state to fund 21 other projects.

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