Sanchez announces $1.5M grant for Upper Dublin

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today that Upper Dublin Municipal Authority has received a $1.5 million state award to construct the Dreshertown Road Cross County Trail Extension located in Upper Dublin Township.

The Upper Dublin Municipal Authority will use the funds to construct a 0.7-mile extension of the Cross County Trail and widen Virginia Drive/Dreshertown Road (SR 2024) between Susquehanna Road and Beacon Hill/Bantry Drive. In addition, the project will construct missing sidewalk segments, upgrade traffic signal systems to include pedestrian crosswalks, and make all intersection crosswalks and sidewalks ADA compliant.

The authority and township are partnering to construct the project, and Montgomery County will be accepting ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the trail when completed.

“These funds will increase the quality of multimodal travel in Upper Dublin, and so improve the quality of life as well,” Sanchez said. “From the parent enjoying a walk with their baby in a stroller along the trail to commuters enjoying an easier commute home and to school children safely crossing busy intersections, everyone will benefit from the improvements these state funds make possible.”

The funding that Sanchez announced today was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities.

The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more.

To learn more about the CFA, those interested can visit its website.