Hanbidge commends over $1.5 million in grant awards to enhance infrastructure in Montgomery County

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, today announced the awarding of over $1.5 million in grant funding to Lower Gwynedd and Upper Gwynedd townships to enhance flood control measures, assist with a bridge replacement project, and construct a bus shelter.

The funding was made available through the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will be used to cover the costs of constructing a bus shelter at the intersection of DeKalb and Sumneytown pikes, as well as assisting with the costs of a bridge replacement project in Lower Gwynedd Township. Additionally, funding was secured to strengthen flood control and streambank stabilization measures along Haines Run in Upper Gwynedd Township.  

“Bolstering our infrastructure through comprehensive, strategic investments will put Montgomery County on the pathway of successful sustainability for generations to come,” Hanbidge said. “These grant dollars invest in the collective vision of all residents of Montgomery County, and I commend the efforts of those who support investing in our shared community space.”

Upper Gwynedd Township Board President, Denise Hull, welcomed the influx of funding. 

"The Upper Gwynedd Township Board of Commissioners are thrilled to learn that we have been awarded a $520,000 grant for our Haines Run Stream Bank Restroation Project," Hull said. "This funding to improve the streambank behind our Wastewater Treatment Plant is an environmental investment that provides preventative safety from future cataclysmic storms. Our entire community benefits from proactive initiatives such as this." 

Lower Gwynedd Board of Supervisors Chair, Danielle A. Duckett, was incredibly grateful to hear this wonderful news. 

"We are so grateful for both grants. The nearly $800,000 of funding from the Local Share Grant will allow the Township to remedy a longstanding concern associated with a small bridge in our community," Duckett said. "And, in connection with a partnership with the Gwynedd Friends Meeting, the almost $150,000 of funding from the Multimodal Transportation grant will permit the construction of a bus shelter and associated walkway so that public transportation from local residences, Gwynedd Friends Meeting, Foulkeways, and the William Penn Inn is much safer and more accessible," Duckett added. "Thank you to Representative Hanbidge and Senator Collett for all their advocacy on the Township's behalf." 

The three projects awarded grants today are:

  • $786,000 for bridge replacement project.
  • $580,852 for flood control measures.
  • $147,882 for bus shelter construction. 

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which oversees the state’s distribution of gaming revenues to support public projects.

Anyone with questions may contact Hanbidge’s office at 610-277-3230.