Penn Hills will receive a third of Allegheny County’s allocation from the state’s latest round of Multimodal Transportation Fund money.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a news release Feb. 1 the county will receive $9 million for transportation and other infrastructure projects. There are 50 municipalities across 23 counties that will receive a total of $44.5 million through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.
Penn Hills officials asked for it in their application, so the municipality’s slice of the pie is $3 million – and it’s also the largest sum going to any one municipality in the state.
The municipality is required to match $900,000, or 30 percent, bringing the total to $3.9 million to be used to repave roads and make them more accessible to bicycle traffic. Some sidewalks also will be made compliant with American Disabilities Act requirements.
The following roads are included in the municipality’s grant application:
McAlister, Lomond, MacBeth, McKenzie, Dundalk, Yosemite, Everglade, Fielding, Seminole, National, Maple-Lo, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Woodgate, Elm, Davidson, Lowell, Kiltie, Westminster, Eastminster, Richmore, Hallwood, Rosanne, Laurel Valley and Loretta drives; Aster Street; Cloverleaf, Old Coal Hollow, Buchannon and Glendale roads; Brushton Avenue and Milbern Court.
Municipal Manager Scott Andrejchak said the municipality is yet to decide which roads will be paved. There is flexibility in which streets are chosen, he said, because Penn Hills has yet to receive a contract from PennDOT. He expects the work to stretch over the next two to three years.
“It’s absolutely tremendous,” Andrejchak said. “We’re all really excited about it. I’m grateful for everyone’s work.”
Andrejchak said the grant application deadline was in November, and those working on it had eight days to put it all together because it was not on staff’s radar until he pointed it out.
“I went in to the engineers and told them to put a plan together for $4 million worth of road work because we were getting the money to do it. After the collective laughter subdued, everybody did their part,” he said.
The municipality hired consulting firm Advancement Resource Services, based in Hermitage, to help draft the grant application for $2,200.
The manager does not expect any problems in matching the grant because the municipality already allocates around $600,000 a year for roadwork.
“And since this is likely a multi-year project, we’ll have more than enough for the match,” he said.
Andrejchak said the excitement among municipal staffers is palpable and the news has created optimism for pursuing other state grants.
“We’re already looking at other opportunities,” he said.
Mayor Sara Kuhn welcomed the good news.
“I never expected to get $3 million,” she said. “It’s a real plus.”
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.