Pennsylvania announces projects to receive multimodal funding

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that 43 projects in 21 counties were selected for $45.9 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund allocations.

The projects cover bike, bridge, highway, pedestrian, and rail projects.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) evaluated the applications for several criteria, including energy efficiency, operational sustainability, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, and safety benefits.

Several projects also help local governments repair or replace bridges, address pedestrian and accessibility concerns, and improve roadways.

“Investing in our communities continues to be critical to moving the economy forward in 2021,” Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT secretary, said. “Making roadways more accessible for all modes of travel assures that we are making continued business connections for the future and keeps transportation an integral part of daily living.”

The largest projects include:

The Saint Joseph’s University Pedestrian Safety Underpass in Philadelphia County. The university was awarded $3 million to construct an underpass to create a pedestrian bypass for students, commuters, and residents.

Valley Crest Real Estate in Luzerne County received $3 million to reduce traffic congestion around Route 309 and Kidder/Mundy Streets.

ELU Deluca Yardley in Bucks County received $3 million to increase the capacity of the Route 332 bypass and the I-295 Interchange in Lower Makefield Township.