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Senator Judy Schwank Secures $2.8 Million for Berks County Community and Transportation Infrastructure Projects

by Office of Senator Judy Schwank

Mar 28, 2024

On Tuesday, March 26, Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced $2,806,766 in Multimodal Transportation Fund and Local Share Account-Category 4 Facilities Program grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the 11th Senatorial District.

MTF grants provide financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, and rail and freight ports to improve public transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.

“These awards represent significant investments in Berks County’s infrastructure, ensuring safer, more accessible transportation options for both pedestrians and motorists alike,” said Schwank. “Prioritizing projects ranging from intersection construction to road reconstruction and sidewalk installations helps us develop vibrant, interconnected communities.”

The following MTF projects received a total of $2,181,221 in funding:

CG Broadcast, LLC – $667,249 to construct two intersections to develop a planned mixed-use community in Spring Township.

Mount Penn Borough – $653,716 for road reconstruction along Endlich Avenue.

Maxatawny Township – $457,935 to install sidewalks and related roadway improvements along Kutztown Road.

West Reading Borough – $253,851 for pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements along Ann Street, including curbing, sidewalks, and handicap ramp accesses.

ReFined Plastics, LLC – $148,470 in assistance to repair the bridge that carries Poplar Neck Road over railroad tracks in Cumru Township.

Additionally, the CFA approved $625,545 in LSA-Category 4 Program grant funding for projects within the 11th Senatorial District. Projects in counties with Category 4 licensed gaming facilities are eligible for this stream of funding (Berks, Westmoreland, and York Counties).

The following LSA-Category 4 Program projects received funding:

St. Lawrence Borough – $222,093 for the purchase of a new Bobcat skid steer loader, Pavijet mini paver, and a Caterpillar asphalt compactor.

St. Lawrence Borough – $104,607 for the purchase of a multipurpose vehicle to assist with road plowing and salting, increased dump capacity for waste removal and road maintenance, and reliable transportation through rough conditions such as flooding and ice.

Berks County Redevelopment Authority – $104,607 to purchase a rail car mover for the facility at Titus Station on behalf of Recycle the World, Inc.

Sinking Spring Borough – $88,583 for pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Penn Avenue and South Hull Street.

Wyomissing Borough – $53,352 on behalf of the Wyomissing Fire Department for the purchase of a new ladder truck aerial apparatus.

Spring Township – $52,303 for improvements to the Spring Township Police Building.

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