Nov. 19, 2021

HARRISBURG – Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union) joined state Reps. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) and Reps. Joe Hamm (R-Lycoming) in announcing that Lycoming County is being awarded four Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grants. 

The four projects are: 
The City of Williamsport will receive a $906,475 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to improve the streetscape and make pedestrian safety improvements on Campbell and Fourth streets. 
The Lycoming Biology Field Station will receive a $325,089 Flood Mitigation Fund grant for restoration of the Loyalsock Creek in Upper Fairfield Township. 
Eldred Township will receive a $247,800 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to improve pedestrian safety along Warrensville Road. 
Jersey Shore Borough will receive a $175,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to connect the Greenway Trail to the Susquehanna River.

“Several good projects were awarded funding today and I was happy to support them during the initial application phase,” Yaw said. “With the help of my colleagues in the House, we are able to bring these projects to reality.”

“Ensuring the safety of all residents is my top concern, and these grants will successfully provide an improved quality of life and safety for all of Lycoming County,” said Wheeland. 

“I am honored to support these CFA projects which will provide flood mitigation in Upper Fairfield Township, a trail connector between Allegheny Street and the Rail Trail parking lot on Railroad Street, and ADA-compliant sidewalks with energy efficient street lighting in Eldred Township,” said Hamm. “These projects will go a long way to improve quality of life in the 84th District and throughout Lycoming County.”

“The commonwealth’s investment in the Lycoming Biology Field Station’s flood mitigation project will help reverse the environmental damage caused flooding of the Loyalsock Creek. In addition, this project will benefit local landowners whose properties have been lost or damaged due to flooding and provide Lycoming College students with the opportunity to study the effects of climate change. We are very grateful to the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and our area legislators for their confidence in the Lycoming Biology Field Station’s ability to execute this project,” said Lycoming College President Kent Trachte.

“The Borough of Jersey Shore would like to thank our local legislators for their continued commitment to the borough’s Active Transportation Plan. It will allow us to move forward this coming spring by completing the opening phases of the project and starting the important link between Allegheny Street and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ parking lot behind Weis Markets. The legislators’ support is helping to make Jersey Shore the hub of the regional bicycle routes and the gateway to Pennsylvania’s Scenic Pine Creek Valley,” said Jersey Shore Borough Manager Cody Hoover.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The Multimodal Transportation Fund grants encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth, while the Flood Mitigation Fund is a product of Act 13 of 2012, which enacted an impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the commonwealth.

Representative Joe Hamm
84th District
Representative Jeff Wheeland
83rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Huntre Keip