Mar. 26, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dane Watro (R-Luzerne/Schuylkill) and Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) today announced the awarding of more than $700,000 in state funding for street improvement projects in Hazleton and Mahanoy City. The lawmakers played a key role in securing the grant.

The grants are as follows:
• $415,000 for Mahanoy City Borough to go toward Phase 4 streetscape improvements along Main Street, between Market and Spruce streets.
• $300,000 for the City of Hazleton to go toward Phase 3 streetscape improvements along Alter Street, between Second and Sixth streets within the city limits. The grant will be used for pavement restoration and upgrades to the sidewalks, curbing and ADA-accesible ramps. New storm water grates, trees and decorative lighting will also be added to create visual support for the local businesses.

“These grants are for ongoing projects designed to enhance the streetscapes in both municipalities, which is critical to attracting new development and jobs,” said Watro. “I gladly joined Sen. Argall in wholeheartedly supporting both projects and advocating for the funding that’s needed to make the improvements.”

“So many people in both Hazleton and Mahanoy City are working to breathe new life into the communities they call home,” said Argall. “Thanks to these highly competitive state grants, their efforts have now received another boost. Both areas will see refurbished downtown sidewalks, new benches and trees, and other improvements.”

The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides funding to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to Pennsylvania residents.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Representative Dane Watro
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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