Stefano Announces State Grants for Recreation, Flood Control Projects

(HARRISBURG) – Three municipalities in Fayette and Westmoreland Counties have been awarded $382,000 state grants funding for projects that will improve recreational opportunities and aid in flood control efforts in the 32nd Senatorial District, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).

Stefano said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Fund and Flood Mitigation Fund.  The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages

“I am pleased that our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Stefano said. “These local projects will help to improve the quality of life and protect public safety for those who live here.”

Projects that have received funding include:

Rostraver Township, Belle Vernon, PA– $160,000 for Phase Ill improvements to the DiVirgilio Sports Complex located in Westmoreland County. The DiVirgillo Sports Complex is the largest locally owned park consisting of 26.67 acres In Rostraver Township and is located adjacent to the Municipal Building. The complex consists of 4 baseball fields and a soccer/football field with a walking track. Phase Ill of the project Includes resurfacing, paving and lining the existing parking lots, paving additional ADA linkages between the fields and playground and installing lights around an additional ball field for more playing time. The total project cost is $311,640.

Fayette County Uniontown, PA — $60,000 to construct a segment of the Sheepskin Trail located in Spring Hill Township and Point Marion Borough, Fayette County. Fayette County will construct 1.7 miles of the Sheepskin Trail from the West Virginia line to the trail’s southern terminus in Point Marion.  This portion of the trail will connect Point Marion to Morgantown. The project will include trail construction, drainage, bollards, gates, trail head parking area with ADA accessibility, trail head and gateway signs, road crossing signs and striping, fencing, and landscaping. This segment will connect to the West Virginia Mon River Trail System. The trail head and parking will be located in the same area as the existing Point Marion Borough recreational area. The total project cost is $615,909.

Uniontown City, Uniontown, PA — $162,000 to remove debris in Redstone and Coal Lick Creeks and perform a study to reduce flooding in the city.  Uniontown has two major creeks, Redstone and Coal Lick Run, with heavy vegetation along the banks and debris buildup under bridges and buildings that span them. Uniontown intends to remove the debris which is forming natural dams in many locations in both creeks. This is the first step to prevent the creeks from flooding. In addition to the debris build-up, the vegetation on the banks will be removed and a study will be performed to see what additional repairs and replacement of the retaining walls along both creeks will be necessary or if another option would be suitable. The total project cost is $232,757.


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