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Local Elected Officials Announce State Grants for Transportation & Recreation Projects

Nov 17, 2017 • by Offices of Senator Judy Schwank and Senator David Argall
Berks County

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon) announced a grant this week that will support a bridge rehabilitation project in Shoemakersville Borough.   

Shoemakersville Borough will receive $229,018 to assist in the restoration of the Main Street Bridge, located between Miller and 2nd Streets over Pigeon Creek.  This grant was awarded as part of the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Program. 

“This project was subject to competition from communities all across the state,” Argall said. “We are pleased to see the hard work of municipal leaders pay off and be recognized by the state to help with an upgrade to this bridge that has become structurally compromised due to years of service.”

“As a former mayor, I know how difficult it is to find money in municipal budgets for projects such as these,” Knowles said. “Senator Argall and I are extremely pleased that the state is providing financial assistance to this worthy project that will move Berks County forward. We congratulate everyone involved in these projects and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor.”

Additionally, this week Senator Schwank announced that three Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $1.3 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve recreation services and transportation along 5th Street Highway.

Sen. Judy Schwank today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved Greenway, Trails and Recreation Grants for:

Topton Borough, Topton Community Park Playground, $100,000;Muhlenberg Township, Jim Dietrich Park Trail and Recreation Improvements, $100,000;Fleetwood Borough, Fleetwood Park Phase 1 Improvements, $100,000.

Also, Muhlenberg Township was awarded a $1 million Multimodal Grant to support the second phase of the 5th Street Highway Corridor Revitalization Initiative. This money is in addition to the $750,000 the township received last year through the same grant program.

“The 5th Street Highway is the key commercial corridor in Muhlenberg Township,” Schwank said. “These state funds will help local officials continue their efforts to improve safety and traffic flow along the corridor for pedestrians and motorists alike, and promote economic growth.” 

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