Gov. Wolf Announces More Than $4.6 Million In Funds For Luzerne County Projects

February 1, 2019

AVOCA — Avoca Borough will receive $1.6 million in state funds to improve an intersection at Main and McAlpine streets, Gov. Tom Wolf announced today.

The project involves widening the southwest corner of the intersection to improve the right turn from McAlpine to Main Street.

It was one of seven projects in Luzerne County received more than $4.6 million in funding through the “Multimodal Transportation Fund,” Wolf announced.

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $250,000 to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Strauss Lane over Solomon Creek.

Exeter Borough will get $572,293 to restore and improve Route 1025 (Schooley Avenue) between Cedar Street and Susquehanna Avenue.

Lehman Twp. will receive $472,615 for base repairs and paving on Old Route 115 from Jackson Road to Route 118.

Pittston Twp. will get $603,847 for improvements to the roadway and drainage to safely accommodate two-way traffic, improve the conveyance of stormwater and improve the safety of roadways in the township, including Baker Road, Chapel Road, and Upper and Lower Ridge Roads.

Plains Twp. will receive $117,463 to redefine the access points to the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School, improving traffic flow and safety.

West Hazleton will get $1 million to replace the Jaycee Drive bridge over Black Creek in the Valmont Industrial Park, Wolf announced.

In all, Wolf announced today that 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties throughout Pennsylvania were selected for $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“Transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state,” Wolf said in a statement. “These investments will improve overall mobility and safety while bolstering commercial projects.”

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards said the projects will “bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”

PennDOT announced it evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

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