Matzie: $500,000 state grant to finance improvements for part of Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 12 – A $500,000 state grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund streetscape renovations to a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the renovations are needed because overhead utilities are being relocated to underground as part of the Monaca Gateway Initiative project – a major infrastructure overhaul designed to enhance traffic flow to and from the new Shell cracker plant under construction.

“My support for continued investment in downtown Monaca remains unwavering, as does my commitment to ensure that this community's vision is met,” Matzie said.  

“Renovations to Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 14th streets are going to transform this area in a major way, with improvements that will include new sidewalks, streetlights, crosswalks, bike racks, and many other features,” Matzie added. “Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are going to see a brighter, safer, more accessible commute as our area readies itself for the changes progress will bring.

“Demonstrating to the CFA why this vital artery in the heart of Beaver County is deserving of funding can only occur when the community has a solid plan and cooperation among its leadership team.  Monaca has continued to put their best foot forward with a clear vision of how they want their community to function and what they want the community to look like.”  

Matzie said the grant from the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund will finance the following:

  • the construction of 2,904 linear feet of sidewalks.
  • 12 crosswalks.
  • 26 ADA-complaint curb ramps.
  • restoration of 1,452 linear feet of roadway.
  • stormwater management.
  • installation of 18 streetlights.
  • streetscape amenities such as plantings, trash receptables and bike racks.

Monaca Borough is requesting a waiver to the local match requirement. The total project cost is approximately $2.3 million.

More information about the CFA is available at the agency’s website.