Gordner, Culver announce grant to Sunbury

Published: 1/11/2017 11:00 AM
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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has awarded a grant to the City of Sunbury via the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108). The $640,000 grant will go toward Phase 2 of the rehabilitation of Chestnut Street (Truck Route 61).

The funds are directed to the replacement of sidewalks and curbs and the addition of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps.

The Transportation Alternatives Program funnels federal transportation dollars through each state for projects that formerly fell under the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreational Trails programs. PennDOT evaluates each project, based on a range of criteria, including safety benefits, reasonableness of cost and regional significance.

Phase 1 of the project narrowed the east end of Chestnut Street and added designated bicycle lanes, among other improvements.

The appearance of the street will also see improvements through work at the Albright Center, located at Fifth and Chestnut streets, which recently received a $200,000 state grant to aid with converting the building from a former church to a regional cultural and arts center.

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