HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today announced that $590,000 in state grants were awarded for much-needed improvement projects in the 44th Legislative District.
The grants are made possible through the Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF), which funds community projects across the Commonwealth through a tax assessed on slot games in casinos. Locally, the GEDTF is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC). It is intended to provide financial assistance to entities to facilitate economic development projects in Allegheny County.
The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority.
“Maintaining our infrastructure is vital for a strong community,” said Gaydos. “These grants will help boost the economy by providing jobs for construction and help our businesses with an upgraded parking facility. Sanitary water, safety and access is very important because the physical look and quality of amenities in a town reflect a community’s pride and commitment to each other.”
Municipalities receiving a GEDTF grant include:
• Sewickley Borough - $100,000 for the replacement of approximately 30 light poles throughout the borough. The poles provide lighting on sidewalks and are critical for pedestrian safety.
• Township of Findlay - $150,000 for the Davis Road Culvert replacement project. The existing concrete culvert under Davis Road is deteriorating to a point that it needs replaced or the roadway, which is the only access to 10 residential properties, will be closed. A new 6-foot by 25-foot aluminum structural plate box culvert is being proposed by the township engineer.
• Sewickley Heights - $190,000 for improvements to the Sewickley Heights borough parking lot reconstruction and storm sewer system. The project will consist of installing four new catch basins and 220 linear feet of storm pipe. In addition, the project will reconstruct a parking area, driveway and buffer yard at the borough’s public works facility. It will resolve sedimentation from degraded asphalt surface and improve surface to subsurface drainage to mitigate future impacts from heavy precipitation events.
• Crescent Township - $150,000 for improvements to Maple Street. The scope of the work will include the relocation of existing Maple Street within Crescent Township. The work includes removal of existing pavement; construction of 1,200 square yards of new roadway; maintenance and protection of traffic; and all necessary appurtenances.
“These investments will be a tremendous benefit to the residents of our community,” said Gaydos.”
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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