Cranberry Township, Slippery Rock Receive Major State Grants

Two Butler County projects were awarded major grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its Friday (July 1) meeting, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson.

Cranberry Township was awarded a $1.5 million Multimodal Transportation Fund Program grant to construct an additional eastbound lane on Route 228 from Interstate 79 to Franklin Road. The area already has the Westinghouse Electric corporate facility and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, with significant additional development expected. “The Route 228 corridor is already a major connecting road for the Turnpike, Interstate 79, Route 19 and a number of other arterial routes. It is a significant crossroads for residents of several counties as they commute for work or pleasure,” said Senator Hutchinson. “This additional traffic lane is certainly needed.”

Slippery Rock was awarded a $212,188 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant to build a walking trail system to connect four existing recreational areas in the Slippery Rock Community Park. “It’s always gratifying to see efforts to improve our local recreational facilities receive state support,” said Senator Hutchinson. “Grants that Pennsylvania provides for parks and recreation areas are long-term investments in communities and in improving the quality of life for everyone.”

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Proceeds for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program are generated through the CFA’s Marcellus Legacy Fund, which distributes impact fee revenue to projects across the state. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created as part of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89).

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