Wolf Administration Announces Enhancements of Critical Transportation Infrastructure to Support Cranberry Township Economic Development Projects

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of new funding for the development of the MSA Thruway, a critical transportation infrastructure project in Cranberry Township, Butler County that will provide a connection between the Cranberry Springs development and the Cranberry Woods Business Park, reduce traffic congestion, and support the creation of more than 2,300 jobs.

“Cranberry Township is seeing enormous growth due to the Cranberry Springs development and other community and economic development projects in the area,” Secretary Davin said. “In order to accommodate this growth and the future development of the area, we need to make sure the township has the necessary transportation infrastructure in place to be able to handle the additional vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This project will provide a massive boost to future economic development and job creation in the region.”

Cranberry Township was approved for a $2,875,000 grant to assist with the MSA Thruway project. The $14.9 million project includes the construction of a 150-foot underpass that will provide multimodal connections between the Cranberry Woods Business Park and the Cranberry Springs mixed-use development currently under construction. The thruway will also provide an alternate means for access to these developments for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles and will reduce traffic congestion along the rapidly-developing Route 228 corridor. The project is expected to support the creation of more than 2,300 permanent full-time jobs and more than 4,000 temporary construction jobs, as well as facilitate further development in the area.

“The MSA Thruway project is a critical transportation component of a large scale economic development project that has created over 7,000 jobs in Cranberry Woods,” said Dick Hadley, chair of the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors. “The thruway will continue creating additional jobs in neighboring Cranberry Springs. The Board of Supervisors is appreciative of Governor Wolf’s support of this project.”

Funding for the project was provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) program. The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with DCED and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

“On behalf of Governor Wolf, we at PennDOT are delighted to assist with this critical multimodal project for the MSA Thruway,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This investment will improve access to the developments on either side of Route 228. I am especially pleased with the accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians as this fits my goal of delivering better transportation across the modes.”

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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