Local road projects receive part of $47.8M from state to improve safety

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Bridge and drainage projects in York County were among 56 projects that won a slice of the state's $47.8 million Multimodal Transportation Fund this month.

Projects in 28 counties were chosen to receive the money set aside for highway, bridge, transit, bike and pedestrian projects, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday.

One project in York County received $211,165 to upgrade drainage and storm sewer systems and repave Water Street and Moore Lane in Felton, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

York County also received $379,501 to remove Pleasant Acres Bridge, a load-posted deteriorated bridge over an active railroad, after construction of a new road extension and at-grade crossing in Springettsbury Township.

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

Several projects will help local governments deal with bridges and roads that need to be repaired or replaced, PennDOT said in the release. 

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“Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all modes of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in the release. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”

PennDOT evaluated the proposed projects on criteria including safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

The application process for 2023-24 funding is expected to open this fall. For more information, visit www.penndot.pa.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter.