State Grant To Help With Road Repairs In Butler Twp.
A road in Butler Twp. that is maintained by Luzerne County will get much-needed repairs thanks to funding from the state. The county is getting $533,312 for improvements to North and South Beisels Road, including the addition of a bike lane, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a news release Tuesday. The grant is part of $49 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund distributed for 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects statewide. After a Drums resident complained recently about the condition of Beisels Road, county engineer Lawrence Plesh said a scratch coat of asphalt would be applied to bad sections until full reconstruction can be done. Wolf’s news release noted that 14 of the 42 grants were awarded for local bridges. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The agency will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. Applications are due by Nov. 15. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2019. — STAFF REPORTS