Matzie: Nearly $330,000 secured for Beaver County road, playground improvements

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 19 – Two grants totaling more than $326,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund road and playground improvement projects for Hopewell and Harmony townships, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said a $226,453 grant to Hopewell awarded under the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program will allow the township to construct a new box culvert and bridge along Laird Drive, which leads directly into Hopewell Community Park.

“The work funded by this grant – including nearly 250 square yards of road paving and installation of 200 feet of guardrail – will reduce roadway flooding and provide alternative routes for pedestrians, cyclists and children traveling to three Hopewell schools,” Matzie said.

He said the total project cost is $266,424 and that the township is requesting a waiver of the match requirement but will fund nearly $40,000, or 15% of the project.

Matzie said that a $100,000 grant to Harmony Township, awarded under the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, will allow the township to continue improving the playground at Beaver Road Park.

“Securing this funding will allow Harmony Township to install a new play surface; replace outdated play equipment with new, more accessible equipment; and add features that stimulate kids’ senses. Those improvements will make the park safer and more inclusive to kids of all abilities.”

Matzie said the total cost of the playground project is $151,383, and the township has committed $22,708.