HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) announced this week that a federal grant for $216,200 has been awarded to Birdsboro Borough for sidewalks and ADA-compliant ramps. The money comes from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21.
The process to receive this grant money is competitive, with not all grant applications being approved. PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
“Safety concerns and quality of life issues are key components for my support of any project,” Maloney said. “The fact that the Birdsboro project scored so high in PennDOT’s evaluation process confirms that these sidewalks and ramps are important improvements.”
Birdsboro Borough Manager Aaron Durso said the federal money will go a long way to improve safety and access in the community.
“Birdsboro is very appreciative of Rep. Maloney’s help and support in this effort to provide needed safety improvements and enhancing the quality of life for our residents,” Durso said.
The Birdsboro project is among 51 projects approved by PennDOT to improve transportation alternatives in line for $33 million in federal funds.