(HARRISBURG) – Two Fulton County projects will a total of $329,650 in state funds, state Senator Judy Ward (R-30) announced today.
“These funds will contribute to the vitality of our community by improving safety and contributing to an improved quality of life,” Senator Ward said about the grants awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). “Our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and employers. I am pleased to be able to work to bring this funding home.”
“These investments to our community will be a benefit to all residents,” said state Rep. Jesse Topper (R-78) “The funding further provides for the health and safety of residents by increasing recreational options and improving safety for motorists.”
Milestone Wellness Outreach, Bethel Township
In partnership with the Warfordsburg Lions Club and Fulton County Commissioners, Milestone Wellness Outreach was awarded $249,650 to build a new, inclusive playground that will benefit children who require a wheelchair or walker. The playground will feature equipment to target cardiovascular health, muscle strength, balance and flexibility.
“This project will create an inclusive playground that can be safely enjoyed by all children, regardless of ability, as well as their families,” Senator Ward said. “I applaud the dedication and commitment to this vision of Milestone Community Outreach, Warfordsburg Lions Club, Fulton County Commissioners, and all who have been involved in this wonderful outdoor recreation project that will create a barrier-free community park to promote health and wellness and provide socialization opportunities for residents and visitors.”
The funds are part of the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funding Program, which is funded by Act 13 of 2012 which established the state’s Marcellus Shale Impact Fee and the Marcellus Legacy Fund. The CFA allocates funds for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.
Union Township was awarded $80,000 toward efforts to stabilize the landslide along Old Route 126. Continuing wet conditions during the past several years has caused landslides along the steep, twisting decent to I-70. The township will conduct a complete geotechnical engineering evaluation in order to design a stabilizing project.
“The closure of Old Route 126 due to dangerous landslide conditions has impacted commuters who use this route regularly to access I-70 from the east and emergency responders serving the residents of Union and Bethel Townships,” said Senator Ward. “This study is the first step in restoring this access to eliminate the long detour and improve public safety for those living in this area.”
The funds are a part of the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides grants to ensure a safe and reliable transportation system. It is intended to provide financial assistance in order to improve transportation assets and enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit service.
CONTACT: Cheryl Schriner