Harrisburg – November 15, 2017 – Four grants worth nearly $1 million were approved by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to fund transportation projects in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland).

The projects include a $600,000 grant for the Port Authority of Allegheny County to help build, rehabilitate and modernize the new McKeesport Transportation Center, located in the center of the city.

“These grants will fund key transportation initiatives that serve the public in a variety of ways,” Brewster said.  “Not only is there grant funding for the new transportation center in McKeesport, but there are funds for streetscape, road resurfacing and the construction of a bike connector in other municipalities.” 

Brewster said that $163,216 was approved for a streetscape project along Brownsville Road in Brentwood.  Also approved were grants of $118,000 for road work in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County and $118,784 for the construction of a trail connector through Elm Leaf Park in Baldwin Borough. 

The funding for the multimodal projects were approved at a meeting yesterday in Harrisburg. 

“Improving our transportation network is essential to building and rebuilding our economy and improving communities throughout the region,” Brewster said.  “I am pleased that these state resources will be used to fund these important projects.”

Brewster serves as a member of the state Senate Transportation Committee.