Scarnati Announces $1.6 Million in State Grants for Local Transportation Projects

(HARRISBURG) – Two municipalities in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $1.656 million in state grants to make improvements to their transportation systems, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said that Johnsonburg Borough in Elk County and Brockway Borough in Jefferson County are receiving grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) Multimodal Transportation Fund. The financing was approved at the March 26th CFA meeting in Harrisburg. 

“These projects are crucial to protecting public safety and easing traffic congestion in growing areas that are seeing increased traffic,” Scarnati said.  “I’m pleased that Johnsonburg and Brockway have received state funding to address these transportation challenges and make our network safer and more efficient for motorists.”

Johnsonburg Borough will use its $656,000 grant for roadway construction along Harrison Avenue.  The project will consist of realigning approximately 1,000 feet of roadway west of Harrison Avenue away from the embankment slope.  The project will also include constructing two lanes and two shoulders, installing guiderail, relocating sanitary sewer lines, paving and traffic control.  The total project cost is $665,000.

Brockway Borough is receiving a $1 million grant for improvements to the State Route 219 and State Route 28 intersection. The project includes realignment of the intersection as well as building a new 700-foot access road that will help traffic flow to a nearby residential neighborhood.  This will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion caused by increased growth in the area.  The total project cost is $3.3 million.

“The money approved today for Brockway Borough is the second $1 million grant approved for this crucial public safety project,” Scarnati explained.  “I continue to fight for funding for this project to align this unsafe and dangerous intersection, while working to ensure there is no local tax cost to area residents.”

Scarnati explained that the Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.  More information regarding programs administered by the CFA can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/

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