HARRISBURG — State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced $1.45 million in state grants for five projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The grant funding was approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) and was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. 

“This $1.45 million investment will be incredibly impactful for communities in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties,” Blake said. “These important projects will improve our transportation infrastructure and make our downtowns safer for pedestrians in high-traffic areas. I applaud our local officials for their work to secure these competitive state investments.”

In Lackawanna County, three projects received grant funding. The long-discussed project to tear down a deteriorating wall and install a new retaining wall and a sidewalk along Lackawanna Ave. near the Radisson Lackawanna Station Scranton Hotel received $351,000. This project will address safety issues near the hotel and bus stop where there is currently no sidewalk along a very heavily traveled section of downtown Scranton.

Olyphant Borough received $225,000 to improve three intersections in the downtown business district. The Borough will utilize the grant funding to install a new traffic signal at Susquehanna and Lackawanna Ave. The will also install pedestrian crossing poles and crosswalks with lighted walkways to increase pedestrian safety in the downtown business district.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority received $98,280 for the final design costs associated with closing a 1.07-mile gap in the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail near Meredith Street in Carbondale.

In Luzerne County, Pittston Township received $624,484 for the removal and reconstruction of severely deteriorated areas of Enterprise Way. Enterprise Way is the main roadway serving CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park West.

Lastly, Dupont Borough received $151,236 for the replacement and expansion of Collins Creek Bridge on Walnut Street. The current one-lane bridge poses a safety issue for large vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, school buses and delivery vehicles with its width and weight limit.

Blake acknowledged state Rep. Mike Carroll, state Rep. Kyle Mullins and state Rep. Marty Flynn for their assistance in identifying these projects in need of state assistance throughout the region.

The CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.