Fontana Announces $3.3 Million in State Grants for Local Projects

Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) Feb. 1 announced two state multimodal grants in his district totaling $3.3 million.

“These state dollars help local communities complete key projects aimed at enhancing efficiency, safety and improving access throughout our region,” Fontana said. “I will continue to partner with local officials to advance efforts that make our area better place to live and work.”

Fontana said the two projects include:

  • McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation — $1.9 million for multimodal transportation and green infrastructure improvements and streetscapes including handicapped-accessible sidewalks and crosswalks, curbing, bus lanes, pedestrian circulation, bike racks, infiltration cells, traffic signals and new street lights from the intersection of Chartiers Avenue, Linden Avenue, and Furnace Street Ext., extending northwest along the first block of Chartiers Avenue.
  • Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Development LP — $1.4 million for transportation improvements to support the planned redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh’s lower Hill District, including a new roadway access point connecting New Street to Center Avenue as well as pedestrian, bike and public transit improvements on Crawford and Center Avenues.

The multimodal funds (Act 89 of 2013), administered by PennDOT, support ports and rail freight, increase aviation investments, establish dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and allow targeted funding for priority investments in any mode. The grants are aimed at improving efficiency, safety and transportation mobility.