Pashinski applauds state funding for roadway improvements

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski today announced two projects in his district were awarded $989,536 to work toward maximum roadway safety in Luzerne County.

The grants, awarded through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, include:

  • $500,000 to Wilkes-Barre – for streetscape improvements along South Main Street in the city.
  • $489,536 to Bear Creek Village Borough – for the improvements of Route 115.

“Not only do our roadways provide a safe and efficient system for all travelers, but they also provide the same for the transportation of all our goods and services which is essential for a productive and efficient society to prosper,” Pashinski said. “In addition, I want to thank Sen. David Argall and Sen. Marty Flynn for their continued help and cooperation in securing these funds to improve the quality of life for all our constituents.”

In help with securing the grants for Wilkes-Barre and for Bear Creek Village Borough, Flynn and Argall respectively had this to say:

“This significant investment marks a pivotal step toward creating safer, more accessible, and aesthetically pleasing streetscapes for residents and visitors alike,” said Flynn. “The funding will enable Wilkes-Barre to undertake vital improvements, enhancing the area greatly.”

“This important project will make driving on State Route 115 safer for everyone, especially the residents of Bear Creek Village Borough,” said Argall. “I’m thankful Rep. Pashinski and I were able to secure this highly competitive state funding.”

Pashinski said the grants come from the Multimodal Transportation Fund which is distributed by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. MTF grants are used to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.