State College Borough Awarded $935,000 State Grant for Pedestrian Safety Improvements

 (HARRISBURG) – The Borough of State College has received a $935,000 state grant for use toward a pedestrian safety improvement project, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

Corman said the funding will be used to make sidewalk improvements and install pedestrian fencing, street lights, street furniture and landscape features for traffic calming. 

“This is an important project that will improve public safety and make our roads safer for walkers and motorists,” Corman said.  “In a biking and walking community like ours, this is much-needed funding to complete the project.”

The grant was awarded through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

 

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