Corman Announces $1.4 Million in State Grants for Recreation, Flood Control Projects

 (HARRISBURG) – Three municipalities and two employers have been awarded more than $1.4 million in state grants for projects that will improve transportation networks, enhance recreational opportunities and aid in flood control efforts in the 34th Senatorial District, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

Corman said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Multimodal Transportation Fund, Greenways, Trails and Recreation Fund, and Flood Mitigation Fund. 

“Our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Corman said. “These local projects will help to improve the quality of life and protect public safety for those who live here.”

Projects that have received funding include:

Multimodal Transportation Fund

Penns Cave, Inc. will receive $665,528 for the construction of a new road in Gregg Township, Centre County.  Penns Cave and Wildlife Park attracts thousands of visitors each year to the township.

State Route 2012 runs through the grounds of the park and is used by visitors and residents. Increased activities at the park have resulted in a public safety issue as the road separates the visitor center from the parking lot.

Penns Cave will replace Sara Campbell Lane, a private lane on their property, and transfer ownership of the lane to Gregg Township. The improvements will allow Penns Cave to petition PennDOT to vacate the portion of state Route 2012 that runs over their property. Sara Campbell Lane will replace the abandoned section of State Route 2012 as a public road for residents to access state Route 192. The total project cost is $950,755.

Lewistown Borough will receive $340,000 for road improvements along Kishacoquillas Street in Lewistown Borough, Mifflin County. The Kishacoquillas Street corridor is a major thoroughfare in the borough and is in need of major repairs. The repairs will improve vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety due to traffic congestion at the Charles Street and Green Avenue intersection. The project will provide safe access to the downtown business district, address pedestrian safety issues along the corridor and improve walkability throughout the community. 

Improvements will include the construction of sidewalks, crosswalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps; installation of a new traffic signal at the Green Avenue Intersection; and rehabilitation of storm water facilities and roadways.  In addition, streetscape improvements along South Kishacoquillas Street will connect borough residents to the Mifflin County School District campus, the borough recreation park and Kish River Walk Trail. The total project cost is $1.2 million.

Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg will receive $161,248 for traffic impact mitigation on state routes 45 and 322 in Harris Township, Centre County.

The project will add turning lanes into the convention center on the two roadways to ease traffic issues. The property includes an 18-hole golf course, pro shop, restaurant, bar and event rental space. A 100-room hotel also is being developed. The total project cost is $230,353.

Greenways, Trails and Recreation Fund

Halfmoon Township, Centre County, was awarded $201,628 for improvements at Autumn Meadow Park. The 9.4-acre park was developed over 25 years ago and includes recreation such as a swing set, half basketball court, pavilion and gravel parking lot.

The project would enhance the existing facilities by paving the 30-car parking lot, pavilion pad, and a walkway, constructing looped trail, purchasing benches and completing associated site work throughout the park. Additionally, all improvements will be ADA compliant. The total project cost is $278,831.

Flood Mitigation Fund

Brown Township, Mifflin County, will receive $100,000 for the rehabilitation of a berm between Honey Creek and Willow Lane. The project will provide better flood protection for the homes on Willow Lane, Cross Street, Fultz Road and portions of East Logan Street. In recent years, floodwaters have flowed through the existing berm, flooding the homes. The project proposes the installation of an impermeable sheet-piling barrier on the Willow Lane side of the berm to protect against flooding that can occur even during smaller storms. There are 81 structures that have been affected by flooding in the project area. The total project cost is $500,000.

CONTACT: Jennifer Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov