HARRISBURG, PA, March 26, 2019 – Today, Senator Jay Costa, Jr. and local state representatives announced funding of more than $1.5 million for multi-modal transportation projects.

“We have a growing region, but to continue that development we have to make sure that folks can get around – whether they are walking or riding,” said Senator Costa. “Safe, accessible pedestrian walkways are needed in our region, and I’m proud to support the grants that will help them move forward.”

Multimodal grants awarded today include:

  • $500,000 to the City of Pittsburgh for the Bigelow Boulevard Streetscape
  • $500,000 to the City of Pittsburgh for the 21st Street Project
  • $390,000 to the Borough of Verona for First Street reconstruction
  • $250,000 to the Borough of Mt. Oliver for the Brownsville Road Streetscape, Phase 3

“These projects will increase safety along these two busy corridors and promote additional regional economic development,” said Rep. Readshaw, who represents the area covered by the 21st Street project and the Borough of Mt. Oliver. “Both of these projects [in my district] are important to their local communities, and I am pleased to announce they will be receiving an investment from the state.”

“Due to this allocation, not only will a local borough benefit from the reconstruction of a heavily traveled roadway,” said Rep. DeLuca, who represents Verona.

Additional grants will be awarded to Pittsburgh, including:

  • $327,950 to the Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Development, LLC for the Freedom Plaza and pedestrian walkway
  • $350,000 to the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for the I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project

“This support from the state recognizes the worthiness of these development projects and complements local efforts to ensure they progress as expeditiously and responsibly as possible,” said Senator Fontana, who represents those parts of the City.

The funding for these projects were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents.