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PennDOT taking applications for improvement projects

PennDOT is now accepting applications for transportation improvement projects to enhance mobility statewide.

Applications will be accepted to fund improvement projects that will “enhance Pennsylvania roadways, bridges, transit facilities, park and ride facilities, sidewalk, crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes and route designations” through the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF). Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 8.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments (COG), business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities and ports and rail entities.

Act 89 established the dedicated MTF, stabilizing funding for ports and rail freight, increasing aviation investments, establishing dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and allowing targeted funding for priority investments in any mode.

“The Multimodal Transportation Fund creates opportunities for local projects that may have otherwise had difficulty moving forward,” said PennDOT secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Transportation improvements help keep goods and people moving throughout Pennsylvania.”

Projects to be considered should coordinate land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities.

Last year, 49 projects were awarded $43 million in grant funding throughout 23 counties.

These projects included the implementation of pedestrian safety improvements, ADA compliance/intersection signalization in Bucks County, a bridge replacement and rehabilitation of a flood damaged bridge in Luzerne County and improvement or roadways along Route 322, creating development for commercial, cultural, institutional and industrial uses.

PennDOT will evaluate applications received and make selections based on “safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

PennDOT plans to announce grant recipients next year and funding should be available in July 2020.

Fore more information about the program and previous years’ applications and awards, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” menu.

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