Costa announces state funding for McKnight, Siebert roads intersection

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 – Long awaited improvements to the intersection of McKnight and Siebert roads in Ross Township will be made possible through state funding announced today, said state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny.

The busy intersection will receive $865,000 to add a turning lane and install a sidewalk from Babcock Boulevard to McKnight Road.

"I’m pleased to announce that thanks to this award, safety and traffic issues at the intersection will be vastly improved, improving the quality of life in our community," Costa said. "The state recognized an excellent opportunity to invest in our area, and I look forward to future opportunities connecting projects with funding sources."

The project is one of 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects that will receive $40 million in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

"I want to sincerely thank Representative Costa for his efforts in Harrisburg to ensure that Ross Township secured this critical funding from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund," said Ross Township Commissioner Steve Korbal, Ward 2. "This grant will allow the township to make much needed improvements to the McKnight-Siebert intersection. Once the improvements are completed, traffic flow will be improved and pedestrians will be able to utilize sidewalks for safe passage along Siebert Road."

Complete work on the intersection is estimated to cost $1.12 million.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. Costa voted for legislation to create the fund in November 2013.