Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced funding for 45 multimodal transportation projects that will affect 22 communities.
The projects, which include highways, bridges, bike and pedestrian paths, ports and waterways, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.
A total of $41.5 million was allotted for the 45 projects, which PennDOT selected from a pool of 222 applicants requesting more than $241 million. The agency based its selections on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.
“Our multimodal investments support important projects that help residents and local economies,” Wolf said in a press release Feb. 8. “We are making possible improvements that will bring significant benefits to these communities.”
The City of Harrisburg received nearly $3 million to improve vehicular, transit and pedestrian movements north of the Capitol Complex. Another $3 million recipient is Horsham Township, 24 miles north of Philadelphia, which received funds to improve two major intersections.
The 22 counties in which the funding will support projects are: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Susquehanna and Wayne.
Enacted in 2013, the Multimodal Transportation Fund supports transit, aviation, rail freight, pedestrian and bicycle initiatives. The next round of applications for these grants will open Feb. 26 and are due March 30.