Projects approved for state funding

Kishacoquillas Street improvement among projects being funded

LEWISTOWN — Four Mifflin County projects were approved for state funding, out of 227 community improvement, transportation and environmental protection projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that $340,000 of $59 million that was designated for transportation projects will be go toward the Kishacoquillas Street Improvement project.

Funding for the project will come from the impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the Marcellus Shale. One hundred and fourteen other projects statewide will receive funds through this program.

The project will address traffic congestion, create a safe route to the school, address key trails and walking route connections and direct Lewistown Intermediate School improvements.

It would also address traffic congestion issues along the Kish Street corridor and the Mifflin County School District properties and would also provide a neighborhood scale pedestrian and bicycle access way to the Lewistown Recreation Park.

Lewistown Borough officials estimate the total project cost will be about $1.5 million. Lewistown Borough and Geisinger Health System have each committed to providing $150,000 toward the project.

“Part of our responsibility for drilling in the Marcellus Shale is to make sure we use a portion of the revenue collected from impact fees to protect the areas and communities where the drilling takes place,” Wolf said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund and Act 13 projects approved during (the) CFA meeting help us remain good stewards of the environment while we provide targeted improvement to sidewalks, streets, intersections, bridges, recreational trails, and other assets to improve the safety and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.”

Three Mifflin County projects will also receive funding from the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which supports community revitalization, transportation improvement and environmental protection.

Brown Township was approved for $100,000 toward Reedsville Flood Mitigation projects. Brown Township is one of 13 flood mitigation projects that will receive funding statewide.

Derry Township will be receiving $50,000 to go toward Kish Dog Park and Mifflin County was approved for $230,000 for the Juniata River Valley project.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was established to ensure the availability of safe and reliable transportation access in communities throughout the commonwealth. The 112 Multimodal Transportation Fund projects approved today are in 36 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, and York.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies. The act stipulates that a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, baseline water quality data, watershed restoration, and flood control.

The 115 Act 13 projects approved today are in 43 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The total funding amount was $15.7 million.

The projects are designated for specific initiatives as follows: Flood mitigation: 13 projects approved, $2,994,521 total; Greenways, trails and recreation: 83 projects approved, $9,992,829 total; Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: Three projects approved, $657,503 total; Sewage Facilities: Four projects approved, $125,147 total; Watershed Restoration and Protection: 12 projects approved, $1,930,000 total.

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