Grants Announced for Two Area Projects

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded two grants to area projects, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt A. Masser (R-107).  Through the strong support of both members, funds were made available by way of the Flood Mitigation program.

The first project, located in Kulpmont Borough, Northumberland County, has been awarded $44,455.  After inspection, it became known that the bottom of the corrugated metal piping under Fir Street has corroded over time.  This has led to sinkholes and, potentially could result in the collapse of Fir Street.  When completed, all of the corrugated metal piping under Fir Street would be replaced.  Total cost of the project is estimated to be $52,300.

“Flooding has long been an issue all across the 27th Senatorial District,” said Senator Gordner.  “I want to thank the CFA for recognizing the long-term benefits for these communities through the approval of this flood mitigation grant money.”

The second project, located in Mahoning Township, Montour County, was awarded $239,400.  Currently, the confluence of existing box culverts at the intersection of North Blizzards Run and South Blizzards Run has failed.  This project calls for the removal of these culverts, with them being replaced with open natural channels.  This includes the installation of new streambanks, with stabilization precautions.  Total cost of the project is estimated to be $299,250.

“I am grateful that these long-standing issues can now begin to the dealt with,” said Representative Masser.  “Inaction would certainly lead to an even worse situation for these residents.” 

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus programs.

CONTACT:  Sean Moll (Senator Gordner) 717-787-8928