Mar. 17, 2023

HARRISBURG – State grants totaling nearly $2.8 million were awarded to seven economic development and transportation projects in Luzerne County today, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Rep. Alec Ryncavage (R-Luzerne).

“This funding will have a positive impact on the economic development of our region,” Baker said. “Officials voiced their needs and put together quality projects to help our communities improve operations and enhance the quality of life for residents. Our collaborative efforts and advocacy continue to benefit our region.”

“These projects will improve the quality of life and safety of people throughout our community,” Kaufer said. “The funding provided by these grants will go a long way to help get these important projects over the finish lines.”

“I am more than pleased to see this funding approved to improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Ryncavage. “Area officials have expressed their need for this funding, and I am happy to see these improvements in motion.”

Grants were awarded for the following projects through the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth:

  •   Forty Fort Borough - $750,000 to improve a bike/pedestrian trail.
  •   Hanover Township – $350,000 to assist in drawing truck traffic from the soon to be reconstructed San Souci Parkway and promote economic development and public safety.

The following projects are being funded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Local Share Account (LSA) program, which uses gaming revenue to support projects in the public interest across the commonwealth:

  •   Edwardsville Borough – $136,224 for improvements around the municipal building. The proposed project will repair and replace existing concrete curbs, sidewalks and the driveway apron and bituminous pavement at the borough's municipal building.
  •   Kingston Township – $250,000 to replace and improve the deteriorating conditions of the East Franklin Street Bridge.
  •   Sugar Notch Borough – $108,795 to connect residential homes to the borough's public sewer system, also creating the potential to add future connections from the adjacent, undeveloped properties.
  •   Swoyersville Borough – $121,108 to make municipal building parking improvements.
  •   Wyoming Borough – $972,420 to repave along Second, Third, West Fourth and Ninth Street in the borough, as well as $100,000 to purchase a backhoe for general maintenance.

# # #

Jennifer Wilson (Baker)
Melissa Fox (Kaufer)
Jordan Walters (Ryncavage)