The Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County has been awarded a $1.2 million state grant to make transportation and safety improvements as part of the Berlin Revitalization Project, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).
Stefano said the funding will be used to install sidewalks, curbs and streetscapes along a portion of the September 11 National Memorial Trail. The trail connects all three September 11th National Memorials in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, PA, and passes through Berlin.
“This is an important project that will improve public safety, bring more visitors to our area and enhance their experience while they are here,” Stefano said. “I’m pleased that we were able to secure this much-needed funding for this project. Streetscape projects like this one spur investment and civic pride in our communities.”
The grant was awarded through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.
The TA Set-Aside 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.
PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
Ben Wren 717-787-7175