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Western Pennsylvania gets $16.6M from PennDOT for transportation projects

Tom Fontaine
| Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Grant money from the state's new multimodal fund will provide nearly $16.6 million for 17 transportation projects in Western Pennsylvania, PennDOT said Tuesday.

Statewide, PennDOT is doling out $84 million in grants. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch called them “vital investments ... to improving transportation in communities across the state.”

Seven Allegheny County projects are receiving a combined $6.5 million.

The multimodal fund provides money for freight and passenger rail, aviation, ports and waterways, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Downtown's Oxford Development Co. is getting $2.2 million for construction of a transportation facility at its $130 million Three Crossings development in the Strip District. The facility will offer 575 parking spaces, 100 bicycle spaces, electric vehicle charging stations and kayak storage. About 300 apartments, offices and retail outlets are planned at Three Crossings. Oxford plans a groundbreaking ceremony next week, a spokeswoman said.

CSX Transportation Inc. is receiving $1.1 million to improve the intersection at Route 51 and Michael Alley/Cutler Street in McKees Rocks, while Port Authority is getting $1 million to demolish the McKeesport Transportation Center. The demolition will make way for a new multimodal terminal that will be used by regional and local buses and paratransit vehicles. It includes a park-and-ride lot and bicycle trail.

The other Allegheny County grants are less than $1 million.

Kittanning landed Western Pennsylvania's largest single grant — $3 million to help pay for improvements along Market Street, including traffic signal upgrades, new curbs and improved pedestrian crossings and signals.

Beaver County is receiving four grants totaling $3.26 million; Armstrong County, two grants totaling $3.12 million; Butler County, one grant totaling $1.5 million; Greene County, one grant totaling $1.3 million; and Westmoreland County, two grants totaling $904,448.

The multimodal fund was created under Act 89, a state law adopted last November that will provide an additional $2.3 billion annually for transportation by the 2018 fiscal year. Of that, an added $144 million a year will go into the multimodal fund.

Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

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