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Latrobe tries again for grant to fix 3 railroad underpasses

Jeff Himler
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:21 a.m.
A cracked sidewalk greets pedestrians in Latrobe's Alexandria Street railroad underpass on March 12, 2018.
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A cracked sidewalk greets pedestrians in Latrobe's Alexandria Street railroad underpass on March 12, 2018.
A crumbling concrete base is evident on one of the metal columns lining the sidewalks of Latrobe's Jefferson Street railroad underpass on March 12, 2018.
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A crumbling concrete base is evident on one of the metal columns lining the sidewalks of Latrobe's Jefferson Street railroad underpass on March 12, 2018.
Latrobe's Ligonier Street railroad underpass is seen on March 12, 2018. A proposed upgrade would replace overhead lighting with more efficient LED fixtures while improving access and making repairs to sidewalks.
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's Ligonier Street railroad underpass is seen on March 12, 2018. A proposed upgrade would replace overhead lighting with more efficient LED fixtures while improving access and making repairs to sidewalks.

Latrobe is seeking a $100,000 state multimodal transportation grant to improve underpasses for three city streets that cross underneath the Norfolk Southern rail line through town.

City council Monday authorized reapplication for the grant, which was denied in a previous round of funding last year.

The money would be used to upgrade overhead lighting to LED fixtures and to make sidewalks handicapped-accessible in the underpasses on Jefferson, Ligonier and Alexandria streets, according to city manager Wayne Jones. It also would be used to update sidewalk railings and to repair cracked and uneven sidewalk surfaces — especially a problem in the Alexandria underpass — and crumbling concrete bases of metal columns between the sidewalks and the street.

“It's more than just beautification,” Jones said of the proposed project.

City officials don't expect to learn the fate of their application until 2019.

According to state guidelines, a multimodal grant requires a local match equaling at least 30 percent of the amount awarded.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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