Burns: Westmont awarded $700,000 for pedestrian, bicycle connection project

Project will connect downtown to Westmont-Hilltop Junior-Senior High

EBENSBURG, April 20 – Resolute in his support for local projects and programs, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced a $700,000 state grant to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Westmont Borough and the surrounding area.

The grant, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation using federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, will create a one-mile safety corridor between downtown Westmont and the Westmont-Hilltop Junior-Senior High School.

“This is an area where there are lots of kids – but no safe pathway for them to get to school,” Burns said. “This project will help fix that, which is among the reasons I supported this grant application. I’ll keep fighting to make sure other regional projects receive funding too, especially with federal infrastructure funding on its way to Pennsylvania.”

The Cambria County project was one of 64 projects announced Wednesday. Of the 64 projects, 43 will be funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. A list of projects is available on the program web page, under “2022 TASA Awards.”

Since taking office, Burns has secured more than $2.8 million for local safety and transportation improvement projects, part of his ongoing $275 million-plus effort to bring federal and state investment to Cambria County.