Madden lauds more than $4 million in multimodal funds for Monroe County
HARRISBURG, April 21 – Highlighting a trio of infrastructure projects impacting residents of Monroe County, state Rep. Maureen Madden lauded Thursday’s statewide announcement of nearly $50 million of investments in Pennsylvania multimodal projects.
More than $4 million is targeted for Monroe County, all funded through the commonwealth’s Multimodal Transportation Fund and announced earlier Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.
“With another budget surplus and our commonwealth needing infrastructure improvements of various degrees to ensure driver and pedestrian safety and access, I was thrilled with today’s announcement and how these three projects in particular will impact Monroe County residents,” Madden said. “I was equally thrilled to hear from township staff about how these projects will positively impact local communities.”
Monroe County projects include the following:
- $351,678 to Smithfield Township to repair a bridge of significant structural concern constructed in 1910 located on Green Mountain Drive west of its intersection with Seven Bridges Road (Route 209).
- $718,400 to Stroud Township to replace the poor-condition bridge on Lessig Lane over Cherry Creek.
- $2.98 million to Tobyhanna Township to widen Route 940, add concrete curbing to accommodate additional lanes and driveways through the corridor, and signalize the intersections of SR 0940 and FedEx Drive/Stillwater and Route 940 and Long Pond Road/Interstate 380 southbound ramp.
“Smithfield Township is pleased to receive this multimodal funding for our critical Green Mountain Drive Bridge project,” said Jacob A. Pride, Smithfield’s Board of Supervisors chairman. “This bridge, originally built in 1910, is the only entrance and exit for over 26 homes. The bridge is currently rated for only 15 tons, which is less than many emergency and utility vehicles. With the grant funds received, we will be able to keep our residents safe and protected.”
Said Stroud Township supervisor Jennifer Shukaitis: “The Lessig Lane Bridge replacement project is one of several bridge projects in the works in Stroud Township. Infrastructure improvement means ensuring safe access for residents and businesses. Coordination and support from the state is appreciated in executing these improvements.”
Of the Tobyhanna Township project, township Manager Robert R. Bartal credited the Tobyhanna Township Board of Supervisors and the state for helping secure various sources of funding.
“In late 2016, the Board of Supervisors made the decision to undertake a largescale roadway improvement project in the Pocono Summit Area of Monroe County,” Bartal said. “Today’s announcement of a $2.98 million multimodal grant to Tobyhanna Township will greatly assist the township with our ongoing project aimed at increasing the safety and improving traffic flow in the Pocono Summit West Corridor.”
PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety, benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.
PennDOT anticipates accepting Multimodal Transportation Fund applications in fall 2022 for Fiscal Year 2023-24 funding. For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.pa.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button.