Matzie: Monaca grant will fund vital roadway improvements

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Monaca will receive up to $3 million for roadway improvements, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the money for the Monaca Gateway Initiative project will be used to improve more than 6,000 feet of State Route 18 and to construct a roundabout at the intersection of State Routes 18 and 51.

“It was a pleasure working with state Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and Governor Tom Wolf to secure this funding,” Matzie said. “This is a prime example of how state and local government can work together to better our community. The community presented me with their vision, which I shared with the secretary. He expressed his interest, so I set up a meeting in May. The borough formally presented the plan, the secretary endorsed it and it was launched.”

Matzie said infrastructure needs are a natural corollary of industry and job growth.

“Employment and infrastructure go hand in hand,” Matzie said. “Jobs and roads. This project will expand access to our industrial corridor on the Ohio River in Monaca while helping to alleviate current and future traffic issues on 18 and 51. It’s a huge win for Monaca and for Beaver County.”

Monaca Mayor Simon Short expressed his appreciation for the funding.

“I would like to thank Governor Wolf, Secretary Davin, and Representative Matzie for acknowledging infrastructure concerns within the Monaca Gateway Project,” Short said. “They came through with funding that will help traffic patterns and hopefully spawn more development in our community. I thank them for their efforts.”

Other community leaders likewise voiced their enthusiasm for the project.

“This is the commitment we have been waiting for to spur an uptick in grant funding that we need to see this project through for both economic growth and a more efficient corridor for the traffic that it will bring,” said Monaca Borough Council President John Booher.

And Monaca Borough Manager Mario Leone said: “The borough is excited to receive the $3 million investment and to be partnering with Governor Wolf, state Representative Matzie, DCED and PennDOT on this critical regional infrastructure improvement project. The Monaca Gateway Project will improve pedestrian and vehicular safety, promote economic growth and development and most importantly create jobs.” 

Davin will be in Monaca for a formal presentation in July.

The grant is administered in cooperation with PennDOT through economic development transportation funding.