Deasy: More than $1.4 million awarded to 27th Legislative District for road, pedestrian improvement projects

HARRISBURG, April 1 – A disbursement of more than $1.4 million in state funding, sidelined to improve pedestrian access to Station Square and to extend Intermodal Way in McKees Rocks, was approved last week by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced.

“Both grants awarded within the district were much-needed,” Deasy said. “Improving and extending our roadways will be key in helping the 27th Legislative District become more visitor and resident friendly. I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding.”

Deasy said Forest City Station Square Associates LP was awarded $1.1 million to improve pedestrian access in Pittsburgh’s iconic Station Square, a 52-acre mixed use, riverfront property. Improvements include the installation of a new staircase accessing the Smithfield Street Bridge; a storm-water management system; a new electrical service housed in underground vaults; LED lighting; and new pavement and sidewalks along West Carson Street, Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and West Station Square Drive.

An additional $275,000 was awarded to McKees Rock for the extension of Intermodal Way and the construction of a trail. The borough plans to connect Intermodal Way with West Carson Street.

Deasy said Intermodal Way was constructed to provide shared access to both CSX Intermodal Terminal and the Rocks Intermodal Park. However, the extension will divert truck traffic from the terminal around the central business district and provide access to the southeastern portion of Rocks Intermodal Park to accommodate future development. The project will also construct a trail that runs along Intermodal Way from Angelina Avenue to West Carson Street.

The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents.