Pennsylvania- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that 42 highway, bridge, transit, port and waterway, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The city of McKeesport will receive more than $2.9 million for improvements to the existing Steel Valley Trail through the Regional Industrial Development Corporation Park along the Monongahela River, linking the river to the McKeesport Multimedia Center, and improvements to the city’s municipal parking garage that offers trail parking. The Exeter Township will receive more than $2.9 million to design and construct pedestrian improvements on Perkiomen Avenue, including continuous sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, pedestrian buffer, trees and defined entrances and exits for business driveways. See the full list of projects here.
Of the 42 grants that were awarded, 14 were for local bridges. On Oct. 5, PennDOT will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Applications are due by Nov. 15, 2018. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2019. For more information about the program visit here.