Senator Yudichak Announces over $2.7 million in Multimodal Projects for 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County

Nanticoke, November 19, 2021 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that seven projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County received over $2.7 million in Multimodal Transportation Funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority today.

“Investments in our public infrastructure assets will bolster our regional economy, while also providing necessary public safety improvements,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “Today’s announcement includes important funding for the city of Wilkes-Barre as they continue to make the downtown area more pedestrian friendly along Public Square.”

Wilkes-Barre City received $800,000 in funding to complete the final Phase VI of the Public Square streetscape sidewalk improvements and upgrades project. This project will improve pedestrian safety by replacing relic pavers in the wake of the 1972 flood. The final phase will cover Public Square from N. Main Street to W. Market Street and then continue along W. Market Street until River Street. New concrete sidewalks, curbs, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and pedestrian signage will be installed.

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak for his continued dedication to the City of Wilkes-Barre,” said Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown. “The multi-modal funds will be used to finish the last area of Public Square’s sidewalk curbing, street lighting, and other improvements. Having an updated Public Square will be of significant assistance in the revival of the Downtown, via the two hotel projects, and further assist existing businesses to attract and maintain visitors.”

Larksville Borough received $750,000 in funding to improve Nesbitt, Mercy, Orchard and Chestnut Streets by repaving the road and installing ADA ramps at intersections. The streetscape improvements will improve the mobility and access to public transportation within the Borough.

“We are very excited and grateful to receive this funding for a very important paving project that will really improve the safety and access to public transportation on those streets,” said Joe Romanoskey, Larksville Borough Council President. “I want to thank Senator Yudichak and his legislative colleagues in the area for supporting this project and helping us acquire this funding.”

The Borough of West Hazleton received $275,000 to reconstruct Rotary Drive and Kiwanis Boulevard in the Valmont Industrial Park.

“In the West Hazleton Borough, the Rotary Drive project will help support commerce and make needed safety improvements on this heavily traveled roadway for trucks entering the Valmont Industrial Park,” said Senator Yudichak.

“West Hazleton Borough would like to thank Senator Yudichak, DCED and the CFA for their support for this important project in the Valmont Industrial Park,” said Louis Pacelli, West Hazleton Borough Council President. “This project will help to preserve jobs and the economy in both West Hazleton and Luzerne County.”

Other projects that received funding in the 14th Senatorial District for Luzerne County include:

City of Pittston – $500,000 to install streetlights and other streetscape improvements along N. Main Street in the city of Pittston.

Exeter Borough – $200,000 for street restoration improvements and pedestrian crosswalk areas along Susquehanna Avenue, from Trayor Street to Barber Street.

West Pittston Borough – $100,000 for curb and sidewalk improvements along Exeter Avenue in West Pittston Borough.

Sugar Notch Borough – $100,000 for streetscape improvements along Main Street.

“I appreciate the support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and the Wolf Administration for prioritizing these important infrastructure projects,” added Senator Yudichak.

Senator Yudichak worked with the Luzerne County legislative delegation to secure these awards.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal Transportation Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.


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