Salisbury: More than $1.6 million secured for transportation improvements in Wilkinsburg and Swissvale

BRADDOCK, March 26 – Major transportation improvements are coming to Wilkinsburg and Swissvale, thanks to nearly $1.63 million in new grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Abigail Salisbury announced today.

Salisbury, D-Allegheny, said three separate grants awarded under the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will support improvements for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in both boroughs.

“Safe, hassle-free transportation is a big quality-of-life issue and one that requires smart investments – whether they’re to upgrade existing roads and sidewalks or construct new routes that make it easier for folks to get around the community. The new funding will allow us to move forward on projects that will improve access and road quality for Wilkinsburg residents and add streetscaping to a busy route in Swissvale. I want to thank CFA and our local partners who helped us bring this funding home.” 

Salisbury said the funding includes:

  • $643,268 to Wilkinsburg Borough to reconstruct Laketon Road and Graham Boulevard.
  • $586,750 to Swissvale Borough for streetscape improvements along Monongahela Avenue.
  • $397,310 to Action Housing Inc. to construct pedestrian and transportation improvements around Penn Lincoln Apartments in Wilkinsburg.

The MTF provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available for Pennsylvania residents. Funds 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. More about the program is available here: