NANTICOKE, April 20, 2022 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) funding program today for two projects in Luzerne County in the 14th Senatorial District.
TASA provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.
“This funding will create even more “rails to trails” and riverfront trails in our scenic and beautiful northeastern Pennsylvania communities,” said State Senator Yudichak. “The two projects that are being funded today will drive economic growth opportunities as well as promote health and safety in these regions.”
Hanover Township will receive $1 million in funding to grade and surface the railroad alignment of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad between Mountain Top and Laurel Run Borough. Improvements also include repairing or improving drainage, interpretive signing, wayfinding signage, fencing as needed, bollards and gates installation to prevent unauthorized vehicles, and other rail-to-trail improvements. This project was funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
“Hanover Township is grateful to receive this funding for such an important project,” said Sam Guesto, Hanover Township manager. “We’re excited to partner with the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor to get working on this trail, which has the potential to improve important life and health metrics for our local communities by making the trail and its economic and health benefits more accessible to the public.”
The City of Pittston will receive $1 million in funding to extend the Riverfront Trail to the North Main Street neighborhood in Pittston City and create ADA improvements and safety features, including lighting and pedestrian signage. The trail will provide alternative transportation routes like bicycle routes and pedestrian pathways to river areas, the Main Street, and local bus stops.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), continues to fund the TA Set-Aside through 2026. The FAST Act, which has provided funding for the TA Set-Aside since December 2015, expired on September 30, 2021, but the funding made available to the department prior to that date remains available for use.
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