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Pedri Announces More Than $4.6 Million In Grants For Luzerne County

September 28, 2018

HANOVER TWP. — Luzerne County Manager David Pedri announced this morning a total of $4,654,182 in Community Development Block Grants will be awarded to projects in Hanover and Newport Twps. and Ashley and Plymouth Boroughs.

The biggest chunk of the funds, $1,675,787 will go toward reopening the Division Street Bridge in Hanover Twp., Pedri said while joining several officials at the closed bridge.

The bridge has been closed since 2010 and was demolished in 2014. The project will go out for bid in the spring of 2019 and reopening the bridge should be a two-year process, Pedri said.

“This bridge is a major conduit for the people who live just over our shoulder here,” he said.

An additional $400,000 will go toward the Oxford Street Bridge in Hanover Twp.; $278,704 will be awarded to pave Division Street and $135,741 will be used to open an ADA accessible playground in Hanover Twp. 

“These are major projects coming to Hanover Twp. and things that can really be seen,” Pedri said. “This is your government at work and we can finally get things moving.” 

A total of $1,397,850 will be awarded to Newport Twp. for Main Street improvements in the Glen Lyon area.

Another $400,000 will be awarded for flood drain improvements in Ashley Borough.

Ashley has more than $4.8 million in federal funds and needed a local match and Pedri said, “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Ashley on that project.” 

Additionally, Plymouth Borough will receive $366,100 for street improvements.

“These funds are federal funds so there are no county tax dollars at work,” Pedri said. “These are federal funds that we were able to take from the Community Development Block Grant and put it into Luzerne County municipalities.” 

Some of the projects were in the works for more than 20 years, Pedri said. Since he became county manager in 2016, he said his goal was to “get things done.”

“We’re going to really move things along,” he said. “We’re going to not just talk about things. We’re going to do things.”

For the complete story, read The Citizens’ Voice on Saturday.

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