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Sharpsburg wins $1.5 million from PennDOT for 19th Street upgrades

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 2:09 p.m.
The site along the Allegheny River where the Mosites Company has proposed developing its Riverfront 47 project. This photo of the former scrap yard was taken in 2015.
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The site along the Allegheny River where the Mosites Company has proposed developing its Riverfront 47 project. This photo of the former scrap yard was taken in 2015.

Sharpsburg has landed a second $1.5 million grant from PennDOT to reconstruct 19th Street as an access to the proposed Riverfront 47 commercial development.

The borough received $1.5 million in December for the same project, Manager Bill Rossey said.

“This money is just another step towards the future development of the Riverfront 47 project,” he said.

Gov. Tom Wolf last week announced a $41.5 million investment from the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund that will benefit 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and waterways projects. Projects span 22 counties.

“Our multimodal investments support important projects that help residents and local economies,” Wolf said. “We are making possible improvements that will bring significant benefits to these communities.”

Work at 19th Street will include intersection upgrades, traffic signal installation, overpass removal and retaining wall construction.

The Riverfront 47 commercial development proposed by The Mosites Co. could bring housing, light industry and shopping to a 1.5-mile stretch along the Allegheny River in Sharpsburg, O'Hara and Aspinwall.

“The much needed improvements at 19th Street can't happen soon enough,” Rossey said.

The borough's public works building is off 19th Street, along with Silky's Crows Nest and a few other businesses.

Mosites will pay a 30 percent match for the work.

The borough's application was among 222 reviewed by the state. Wolf said the department made selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

PennDOT will open the next round of Multimodal Transportation Fund grant applications Feb. 26.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review.

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