Mullery announces $1.2M in state funding for infrastructure, recreation projects

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – As part of his continuing efforts to provide state funding for critical infrastructure needs and recreation projects, state Rep. Gerald Mullery announced grants totaling $1.2 million were awarded to four projects within the 119th Legislative District.

“Investments like this are essential to not only keep our communities safe for residents and visitors alike, but also for strengthening our local economy as these improvements also benefit both the small businesses and larger companies in our region,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne. “From widening roads that see heavy truck volume, to making sidewalks and intersections ADA-compliant, to giving residents more options for outdoor physical activities, these projects will continue to make Luzerne County an attractive place to live and visit.”

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

Multimodal Transportation Fund:

  • Larksville - $750,000 for repaving the roads and installing ADA-compliant ramps at intersections along Nesbitt Street, Marcy Street, Orchard Street and Chestnut Street.
  • West Hazleton - $275,000 for reconstructing Rotary Drive and Kiwanis Boulevard in the Valmont Industrial Park.
  • Sugar Notch - $100,000 for the reconstruction of sidewalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps along Main Street between Woodland Road and Mott Street.

Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program:

  • Hazle Township - $93,000 for the construction of two pickleball courts at the Hazle Township Community Park, along with two batting cages and two bullpens at the Babe Ruth Field located within the park.

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.

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.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program provides funds for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects through the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.