Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski announces $1.4 million in state funding for three projects

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has announced that he has secured $1.4 million in state funding for three projects.

Pashinski said he is pleased that local officials now have the funding to improve these roads and to replace local sidewalks in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

The projects are as follows:

  • $600,000 to Wilkes-Barre to replace the deteriorating sidewalks, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and pedestrian signs on George Avenue between Parkin Street and Scott Street. The project calls for installing handicapped ramps, new curbs and sidewalks. In addition, street lighting will be upgraded and trees planted to improve the overall safety and aesthetic appearance to the area.
  • $430,000 for roadwork in Wilkes-Barre to improve a roadway between East Northampton and West Market streets and to make new sidewalks and crossing lights handicapped accessible.

  • $100,000 to Ashley Borough to repair eight streets and to replace deteriorated sidewalks.

“As part of the revitalization of the downtown area, these projects will continue the beautification and transformation of the city of Wilkes-Barre. The changes to Market Street Square will leverage private investment and enhance the whole appearance of the block, and the George Avenue streetscape will improve the small-business district by connecting the city to our neighborhoods,” Pashinski said.

“The improvements to Ashley will not only improve the ride and beautify the neighborhoods, they will provide an appropriate surface for handicapped individuals and walkers alike,” Pashinski said.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives.