Over $2.1 million in state funding awarded to support local improvement projects

WHITEHALL, March 16 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill today announced state funding totaling more than $2.1 million has been awarded to six area projects in her district through the Commonwealth Finance Authority.

“These investments show a continued commitment to strengthening the communities here in the Lehigh Valley by improving our green spaces and infrastructure and supporting our law enforcement,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I would like to thank my legislative colleagues, including Senator Nick Miller, for supporting these projects to help enhance the quality of life in our region.”

According to McNeill, $1.4 million was awarded locally through the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund:

  • Hanover Township - $1.15 million for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority for road safety and accessibility improvements.
  • Hanover Township - $150,000 for the construction of a section of the Delaware and Lehigh Trail from Hanover Canal Park to St. Luke’s Center.
  • Borough of Catasauqua - $100,000 for roadway improvements along Water Street.

McNeill added, an additional $830,998 was awarded locally through the CFA Local Share Account:

  • Borough of Catasauqua - $418,559 for the construction of a parking lot on Race Street to serve residents and businesses.
  • Borough of Catasauqua - $312,392 for the replacement of the water main and sewer lines at the intersection of Walnut and Saint John streets.
  • Borough of Fountain Hill - $50,047 for the purchase of a new police patrol vehicle.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Under Pennsylvania’s 2004 Gaming Act, the CFA developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds in Lehigh County for projects concerning the public interest, community improvement, and economic development. The LSA receives gaming money generated by casinos.

The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs. More information about its programs is available here.