Two municipalities in Cambria County have been awarded a total of $793,211 in state funding, making major improvements to their local infrastructure, according to Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35).
Langerholc, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said the grants were awarded to Portage and Loretto Boroughs through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, which is intended to improve safety, mobility and local economies.
Portage Borough will use its grant of $327,654 for the fourth section of a multi-phase streetscape program to establish pedestrian connectivity and improve pedestrian safety through installation of new lighting, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and signage, all of which will comply with the Americans with Disability Act.
Loretto Borough received $465,557 to upgrade St. Catherine Street with much-needed safety and traffic control enhancements to improve pedestrian and vehicular travel flow to accommodate existing and impending new development along the thoroughfare.
“These projects will improve mobility, address pedestrian and accessibility concerns as well as enhance economic development,” Langerholc said. “They are a major investment in our communities and will improve the quality of life for area residents.”
PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.
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