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Boscola Announces $4.4 Million in State Grants for Northampton County
On July 1, 2016 ·
Harrisburg, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced a total of $4.432 million in state Commonwealth Financing Agency (CFA) grant funds for Northampton County projects.
“From transportation enhancement projects to infrastructure work, these grants will make our community safer and more attractive for economic development and business investment,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek funding sources to help advance local projects.”
The grants include:
•$200,000 for the Brodhead Road Rehabilitation Project in Bethlehem Township. The project includes repaving 8,800 feet of roadway, new sidewalks and curbing, bus stop consolidation with safety cut-outs and shelters. There will also be new pedestrian crosswalks, disability-compliant ramps and warning lights;
•$128,697 for 13th Street pedestrian safety enhancements in Easton. The project will include the construction of new disability ramps and pedestrian crosswalk signals;
•$1.1 million to Lafayette College in Easton for Phase 1 of its “Lafayette College Travelways Improvement Plan.” The multi-year plan will upgrade key gateways, corridors and intersections to connect college facilities with Easton’s business district. Phase 1 includes improvements to High Street Boulevard and College Avenue corridors along with improvement to numerous intersections;
•$283,767 for traffic calming, improved pedestrian walkways and way-finding signage on Green Pond Road at Northampton County Area Community College. Disability-compliant ramps will also be constructed;
•$250,000 for building a pedestrian bridge along the Karl Sitmer Arts Trail Bridge in Easton;
•$35,000 to purchase and install a diesel-powered generator in the public works building in Williams Township. The generator will qualify the facility to operate as an emergency management operations center;
•$435,000 for a bike lane, multi-use trail, signage curb cuts and other safety enhancements on Water Street in Hellertown Borough;
•$2 million clean energy grant to renovate the Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton. The project will include LED lighting, lighting sensors, low-flow water fixtures and high-efficiency water heaters. The school, which was built in 1925, is expected to save 2,000 MMBtu (measure of energy content in fuel) per year as a result of the improvements.
The CFA is a state agency that administers a variety of economic development programs. The CFA announced grant funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund and its Act 13 programs in this funding round. The CFA board approved the grants today.
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