The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded more than $ 1 million in grants to three Indiana County transportation projects, according to Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, and Representatives Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, and Brian Smith , R-Punxsutawney.
One project will impact East Mahoning and Rayne Townships, another will be built in Washington Township, while a third will serve as an access road to 119 Business Park in Center Township.
They are among 100 new project approvals by the CFA, as Governor Tom Wolf also announced on Friday, for environmental and infrastructure projects in 38 counties in Pennsylvania.
FCA’s total commitment is over $ 10.4 million.
The CFA was established as an independent Commonwealth agency to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.
This authority holds fiduciary responsibility for funding programs and investments in the economic growth of Pennsylvania.
In Indiana County, the Township of East Mahoning received a grant of $ 500,000 to make improvements to 2.79 miles of Pollock Road, of which 2.57 miles are located in the Township of East Mahoning and 0, 22 additional miles in Rayne Township.
The three lawmakers in the region said work to be done included replacing cross pipes and replacing underground drains to improve pavement drainage, as well as resurfacing the road and rebuilding stabilized shoulders.
“The rehabilitation of Pollock Road, which is a former state-owned ‘return’ road, is long overdue,” said Pittman.
“The road is very busy and heavily used by the farming community. “
Smith said injecting new infrastructure investments there and elsewhere in the county “will also lead to safer roads, less congestion and increased comfort for motorists.”
The project is expected to have a total cost of $ 668,472, with additional funds provided by the Township of East Mahoning ($ 159,874) and the Indiana County Conservation District ($ 61,729).
“I am confident that the Township of East Mahoning will appropriately invest this funding to dramatically improve safety, access and mobility along Pollock Road,” said Smith.
The more expensive of the three projects receives a smaller share of CFA funding, a $ 367,500 grant to the Indiana County Development Corporation for the construction of an access road in 119 Business Park.
“The project is focused on the economic development of the area, but the business park currently does not have an access road to the lower 14.39 acres of (his) 25-acre property,” Pittman said.
“Coupled with the $ 1.5 million Pipe Investment Program (PIPE) grant that was awarded at the start of the year to provide natural gas access to this site, we are preparing it for future development.
The total projected cost for the access road is expected to be approximately $ 1.025 million, including $ 499,997 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $ 157,500 from the Indiana County Development Corporation.
In addition, the Township of Washington received a grant of $ 200,950 for the reconstruction of Phase III of Redding Run Road.
“Travel on Redding Run Road in Washington Township is difficult due to poor drainage during heavy rains and the general condition of the road surface,” Struzzi said.
“This grant will fund the third and final phase of the project, which began last year, and will no doubt be well received by residents of rural communities who frequently use this access road.”
The total cost of Phase III is expected to be $ 287,072, with Washington Township committing $ 86,122 to the project.