Sainato: $270,000 awarded for Union Township sidewalk construction

Funding comes from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

NEW CASTLE, April 20 – New sidewalks and related safety improvements are coming to multiple streets in Union Township with help from $270,000 in federal infrastructure dollars, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. 

Sainato said the project, partially funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will offer important safety protections for pedestrians.

“Constructing sidewalks along these routes will keep pedestrians out of the road, where they are much more vulnerable to being struck, particularly during the evenings and other times of poor visibility,” Sainato said. “It’s an important step we can take to better protect folks traveling on foot and also give them greater peace of mind.” 

Sainato said project includes the following streets:

  • Bluff Street from Boroline Street to West Division Street.
  • Spring Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street.
  • Smithfield Street from Boroline Street to West Division Street.
  • Walter Street.
  • Magee Street.
  • West Division Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street. 
  • Boroline Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street.

The funding is part of a package awarded to 64 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects in 34 counties.

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside of the Federal Highway Administration’s Surface Block Grant Program funds projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects. According to the state Transportation Department, the BIL continues to fund the TA Set-Aside through 2026.

More about the funding is available here: https://www.penndot.pa.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/Planning/Pages/Transportation%20Alternatives%20Set-Aside%20-%20Surface%20Trans.%20Block%20Grant%20Program.aspx.

Additional funding for the sidewalk project includes $1 million in Metropolitan Planning Organization funding.