Sainato obtains a grant for an urban transport project | Local News

State Representative Chris Sainato said on Friday he had secured a $ 1 million grant for various transportation improvements in the town of New Castle.

The grant, from the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, is intended for the Enterprise Park area of ​​New Castle on the city’s East Side.

Planned improvements include:

  • Pavement repairs on Produce, Kurtz and Countyline streets and unnamed lanes,
  • Construction of an extension of Grove Street, to the intersection of Grove, Neal and Taylor streets,
  • Installation of traffic lights at this intersection, as well as at the intersections of Court, Neal and Taylor streets,
  • Level crossing improvements on South Mill Street, Taylor Street and Produce Street,
  • Replacement or construction of sidewalks and 30 lampposts along East Washington and Kurtz streets,
  • And the extension of an Enterprise Park bike path to the Neshannock Trail off Croton Avenue.

Sainato explained that the city has officially requested the funds as part of the East Side revitalization. The project was pushed by the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp., which is its administrative agency, and the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Linda Nitch said several city and county agencies, including engineers, collaborated on the project to provide the narrative and identify the roads involved that need improvement. Streetscapes have been planned as part of it, she said, but the overall goal is to redirect truck traffic to this area.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 2.3 million. The city has requested a waiver of matching funds.

“The funding we received today will make it easier for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to get around, improve traffic flow, safer roads and sidewalks and better connections,” said Sainato. “I am delighted that the work will also create new jobs and invite future economic development.”

“This is good news,” Sainato added. “We’re really happy about it.”

And while the million dollar grant will not fund the entire project, Nitch said, “We will have to reduce the scope of the project or seek other sources of funding, but we are very happy that we got the million dollars. a good thing for New Castle, and shows great cooperation between a variety of groups. “

dwachter@ncnewsonline.com

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