Abney praises $1.02 million for Pittsburgh infrastructure improvements

PITTSBURGH, March 26 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced that a total of $1,024,147 in state grants has been awarded to help make navigating Pittsburgh a safer and easier prospect for those on foot and bicycles alike.

The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County received a $950,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to aid pedestrian access to PNC Park. The City of Pittsburgh was also allotted a $74,147 MTF grant for a cycle lane/trail paving project to connect Second Avenue to its existing transportation network.

“Connecting residents and visitors to all corners of the city helps ensure their personal and financial livelihood and translates into substantial funds for making Pittsburgh even better,” Abney said. “Not only that, these dollars are key to the local economic health and key to enjoying the sports legacy established right here in the City of Champions.”

MTF grants are facilitated by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and help to provide a reliable system of transportation to residents statewide. Monies may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.