Valley Transportation Projects Receive Funding
A slew of transportation improvement projects were approved for funding on Monday. PennDOT officials and members of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study chose 10 projects out of a proposed 24 to receive a share of $3.3 million in available money. These funds come from the Transportation Enhancement Program, which aims to fund projects that will improve transportation connections and provide much-needed improvements to our network. Dan Hartzell of the Morning Call reports:
TEP funds normally are awarded for improvements apart from direct road or bridge construction work, said Joseph Gurinko, chief transportation planner for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. These include sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks and related work, bicycle safety projects, street lighting, rail trails and other park improvements.
Better connectivity means more livable communities, so I’m thrilled to see that this important program is still around and still funding such crucial projects.
The Express Times posted the full list of projects:
^ $500,000 to Lehigh County to restore Manassas Guth covered bridge in South Whitehall Township
^ $499,100 to Allentown for pedestrian lighting along Seventh Street
^ $497,835 to Freemansburg for Main Street enhancements
^ $488,750 to the D& L National Heritage Corridor for trail construction from Hokendauqua to North Catasauqua
^ $449,500 to Whitehall Township to develop Jordan Creek greenway
^ $439,875 to Fountain Hill for pedestrian enhancements to Delaware Avenue
^ $434,654 to Hellertown for streetscape work at the government complex off Route 412
^ $243,600 to the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation for bicycle education for cyclists and law enforcement
^ $172,500 to Allentown for a safety/crosswalk project for Muhlenberg College students
^ $158,485 to Community Bike Works for bicycle safety and maintenance classes
Great to see that Hellertown received funding to continue it’s street enhancement project. Sure sign that this community will continue thriving (go visit if you haven’t yet — I recommend the restaurant at the Crossroads Hotel, and not just because our blog shares the name with it).