Longietti: More than $1.9 million in grants to fund infrastructure projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – Three state grants totaling more than $1.9 million will fund multiple road, sidewalk and intersection improvements in Mercer County, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. The grants – provided through the Multimodal Transportation Fund – will fund projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township.

“It’s great to see our taxpayer dollars returning to the district to fund these critical projects,” Longietti said. “Our county’s hardworking residents depend on safe, well-maintained roads and walkways for access to jobs, businesses, schools, health care and recreation. It’s their efforts that keep the economy thriving, so it’s only fitting that these funds are invested back into local projects that will create jobs and benefit the local economy.”

Longietti said the grants will fund the following projects: 

  • Nearly $1.3 million to the city of Sharon. This grant will largely fund Phase 3 of the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project and will include repaving and improving multiple streets throughout the city, completing ADA-compliant cutouts and sidewalks, and making these streets more accessible for commerce in the city.

  • $345,541 to the city of Hermitage. This grant will fund construction of additional sidewalks linking to existing walkways in the city’s commercial district. The additional walkways will connect the district and residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Route 18 corridor to the LindenPointe Innovative Business Campus, which has established a popular trail system for bicycles and pedestrians. The grant will also fund intersection improvements at Armstrong, Emilie, and Morefield roads.
  • $261,585 to South Pymatuning Township. This grant will improve safety along heavily traveled roadways and intersections in the township. It will fund improvements to Wynnewood Drive, Kane Road, and Orangeville Road, including the removal and replacement of the current road surface; grinding, leveling, and repaving; replacement of the culverts, ditch and berm areas of the roadway; and installation of new aggregate base to meet desired elevation on Wynnewood Drive.

The funds are part of a package of 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties receiving $44.5 million in funding provided through the fund. PennDOT evaluated the applications and selected the projects based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.