(MIFFLINTOWN) – Juniata County School District will benefit from a $1.1 million state grant to make pedestrian access and traffic safety improvements at two elementary schools located in Mifflintown Borough and Monroe Township, Juniata County.
Corman (R-34) and Rep. Adam Harris (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) visited the Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School today to talk about the grants that were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Multimodal Transportation Fund.
The funds will be used to make substantial pedestrian safety and vehicular traffic improvements to connect Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary and Monroe Elementary schools. The proposed project is a result of the closure and consolidation of five educational facilities.
The Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary project will focus on pedestrian safety improvements, including better sidewalks at the 7th Street and State Route 35 Intersection.
The Monroe Elementary project will involve the redesign of the existing intersection along State Route 35 to provide safe pedestrian access.
In addition, both projects will involve constructing new vehicular access turning lanes for designated bus and parent pick-up and drop-off areas, installment of site lighting, roadside directional signs, school warning signals and landscaping.
“I’m pleased that we are making these schools safer for drivers and pedestrians,” Corman said “This crucial state funding will assist the school district in making major infrastructure improvements that will get students to school safer.”
“Combining elementary schools enables us to provide a quality education to children of the Commonwealth in a more cost-effective manner. Because bus routes will be simpler, fewer taxpayer dollars will need to be dedicated to transportation costs – namely fuel,” Harris said. “This is a perfect example of state government helping to increase effectiveness.”
“We appreciate the efforts of everyone that played a role in securing the grant,” said representatives of the school district. “This funding will help to offset the cost of ensuring our students safety.”
CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377
Alison Evans (717) 260-6206