Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Water, Accessibility, and Safety Improvements in Five Counties

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $3.75 million in Community Block Grant Development (CDBG) funding to provide clean water, repair roadways and sidewalks, and improve sewage in communities in Blair, Centre, Fayette, Schuylkill, and Somerset counties.

“This vital grant program will allow for costly but necessary infrastructure repair that would otherwise be unfeasible to these small but essential Pennsylvania communities,” said Secretary Davin. “The five projects funded during this grant cycle will greatly increase the quality of life in these communities.”

The following projects were included in the most recent block of CDBG funding approvals:

  • $750,000 to be used in Blair County for the reconstruction of sidewalks in Tyrone Borough on Logan Ave., 11th St., 12th St., 13th St., and 15th St. Current sidewalk conditions have created tripping hazards for pedestrians and has made it extremely difficult for people who use wheelchairs. The project includes pouring new concrete sidewalks, clearing fences, stumps, and overhanging bushes from the sidewalk area, and planting new streetscape trees.
  • $959,000 to be used in Centre County to provide residents of the Village of Potters Mills with private wells contaminated by fecal coliform and phosphorous with clean water by eliminating private septic systems through the installation of a public sewer system and centralized treatment plant;
  • $858,966 to be used in Fayette County to construct water lines to supply clean water to residents of Braddock and Mudd Pike roads in Henry Clay Township who have groundwater that is non-potable due to sulfur and extreme iron;
  • $750,000 to be used in Schuylkill County to repair a structurally deficient bridge/culvert on Market Street in Mahanoy City Borough that spans Mahanoy Creek. The project also includes reconstructing Market Street to eliminate ongoing curb, sidewalk, road surface and porch collapses occurring due to deterioration.
  • $450,000 to be used in Somerset County for the construction and installation of approximately 1,730 feet of waterline to connect the Quemahoning Pipeline to the Gray Area Water Authority distribution system. The new pipeline will provide a second source of water to Jenner Township, which is crucial due to the aging and deteriorating primary transmission line. Customers will now have a backup source of water during repairs to the primary line.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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