Mullery lauds $1.4M in grant funding for infrastructure, rehabilitation projects

NANTICOKE, April 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced over $1.4 million in state funding has been awarded for several infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in the 119th Legislative District.

“This is critical funding for several projects to make our region more attractive for businesses, residents and visitors,” Mullery said. “Whether its infrastructure investment for commerce and industry or widening roads for bicycle safe travel lanes, these funds will help make our communities better places to live and work.”

Mullery said the following local projects are receiving state funding through several programs from the Commonwealth Finance Authority:

Multimodal Transportation Fund:

  • Nanticoke City - $750,000 for HUD Inc. doing business as Emerald Anthracite II to extend existing rail siding that will open thousands of acres for industrial development with rail access to the Canadian Pacific main line.

  • Wright Township - $685,984 to widen Park Road, a heavily traveled roadway, and create a new bike lane, add curbs and a sidewalk, make stormwater improvements, remove trees and resurface the road and install pavement markings.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. Unique among state agencies in structure and scope, the CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities. Project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from legislative appointees.

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.