Welby announces close to $900,000 in community projects for 113th Legislative District

LACKAWANNA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Thom Welby, D-Lackawanna, began his term in the state House of Representatives this week by announcing a grant for $891,530 has been awarded in his district by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“As Lackawanna County continues to grow, streetscape improvements and other necessary upgrades are needed to provide a safe and comprehensive transportation system, including roads and sidewalks for our residents,” Welby said.

The following projects in the district received grants awards:

  • $779,483 - The city of Scranton requested funding for streetscape improvements along Main Avenue from Oram Street north to the North Scranton Expressway and other related safety and disability-access sidewalk upgrades. Total project cost is $1.45 million.
  • $71,825 – Flood Mitigation funding requested by the city of Scranton to repair a collapsed gabion backet in the city of Scranton. The failure of a wall is linked to deterioration and a flood event that occurred in 2018. The collapse of the wall is causing major damage to the property located at 1031 S. Webster Ave. The city and residents will benefit from the project.
  • $40,222 – The Garden of Cedar requested Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for the construction of ADA-compliant walking trails with the Garden of Cedar pocket park located in the city of Scranton.

The CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents in Pennsylvania. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assists and transit-oriented development.

For more information www.dced.pa.gov