Local Municipalities Awarded State Grants

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded grants to two municipalities in Columbia County via the Flood Mitigation Program, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

Briar Creek Township has been granted $300,000 to help replace two culvert pipes carrying Briar Creek underneath Yost Hollow Road.  The existing pipes were damaged during heavy rain and flooding.  The new reinforced box culvert will allow for better water flow and will minimize future maintenance needs.

North Centre Township was awarded $80,000 for the replacement of a culvert.  A larger culvert became necessary when some new family dwellings were constructed near the intersection of Edwards Road and State Route 93.  The current 15-inch pipe will be replaced with a 30-inch pipe, which will better protect the roadway, reduce erosion and ensure proper water flow during major stormwater events.  Total cost of the project will be $104,492.

“I am pleased that the CFA recognized the need for these grant requests,” said Senator Gordner.  “These funds will ensure safe road conditions and proper stormwater mitigation for residents in this part of the county.”

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

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov