Bethlehem, September 9, 2014 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the City of Bethlehem is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $ 250,000 through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“It always pleases me when I am notified of State funds finding their way to the Lehigh Valley,” Boscola said. “The City has a proven track record of making sure our residents and visitors have the best resources possible. This funding will allow the City of Bethlehem to make improvements to Main Street, all while keeping within the historic integrity this city prides itself on.”

Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) provides financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight and ports to enhance communities, pedestrian safety and transportation assets. Financial assistance under the MTF must be matched by local funding in the amount not less than 30 percent of the non-federal share of the project cost. Matching funds from a county or municipality must consist of cash contributions provided by one or more counties or municipalities. Matching funds from other eligible entities must consist of cash contributions or cash equivalents for the appraised value of the real estate.

The City of Bethlehem will be using these funds to construct and install new brick sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and other historically appropriate streetscape amenities. The overall project improves the overall pedestrian access, safety and walkability.

For additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Senator Boscola’s office at 610-868-8667.

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