Sanchez announces $60K grant for Abington-Jenkintown Connections project

ABINGTON, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced that a local municipality relief grant of $60,000 for proposed multipurpose improvements has been paid to Abington Township.

The funding, for which Sanchez wrote a letter of support in July, was delivered through the Department of Community & Economic Development. Part of the Abington-Jenkintown Connections project, it will go toward materials and some labor for the proposed improvements along Greenwood Avenue, including sidewalks, curbing, ADA ramps and stormwater facilities. This work will be completed in conjunction with pedestrian, bicycle and stormwater infrastructure being installed along Washington Lane and Jenkintown Road.

“This project will create connections between public transit, schools, parks, businesses and neighborhoods, enhancing the safety and recreational opportunities for the areas served,” said Sanchez, whose 153rd Legislative District includes Abington Township. “In addition to improving transportation quality and walkability throughout the area, this project will be improving stormwater management systems to help reduce the impact of potential flooding in our area.”

The Abington-Jenkintown Connections project, a collaborative effort between Abington Township and Jenkintown Borough, seeks to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist mobility, increase access to community and business assets, and install stormwater facilities throughout Washington Lane, Jenkintown Road, Greenwood Avenue and Meetinghouse Road.

The proposed project schedule includes final design approvals in February 2021, advertisement and project letting in the spring, and the start of construction in July 2021.

“I wish to thank Representative Sanchez for his unwavering partnership with me in advocating for pedestrian and traffic safety improvements in Abington Township,” the township’s Ward 7 Commissioner, Stuart Winegrad, said. “The funds received through the DCED will serve to enhance the safety of our children and residents walking and biking along Greenwood Avenue, while at the same time allowing better access to schools, parks and businesses.”

For more information about the grant or the project, contact Sanchez’s office at 215-517-6800 or or visit the contact page of Abington’s Office of the Township Manager.