Please find an update on what has been happening in Harrisburg and around the 32nd District below.
This week I was proud to help secure critical grants that will lead to more jobs, safer communities and more recreational opportunities and tourism for our area. Learn more about them below.
Uniontown to Receive Money to Prevent Future Flooding
A $162,000 grant was awarded to Uniontown to remove debris in Redstone and Coal Lick Creeks and perform a study to reduce flooding in the city. Uniontown intends to remove the debris which is forming natural dams in many locations in both creeks. This is the first step to prevent the creeks from flooding. You can find more information about the award here.
Somerset Coal Companies Receive Infrastructure Grants
Two Somerset County companies were awarded with critical infrastructure grants on Tuesday.
The Corsa Coal Corporation of Friedens, PA received $250,000 for the rehabilitation of its rail loop located in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County. These improvements would provide for a safer, more efficient method of transportation. The project involves rehabilitating the rail loop at the company’s Cambria Prep Plant to allow transport of metallurgical coal to market by rail rather than by truck.
LCT Energy, LP located in Somerset PA was granted $500,000 for the reinstallation of railroad track and two crossings located in Shade Township, Somerset County. The reinstallation of nearly 18,000 feet of railroad track will service a permitted 400 ton/hour state of the art coal preparation facility. The reinstallation of rail service to the site will provide a safe and efficient means to transport the coal from the plant to market.
Grant Awarded to Rostraver Township Park
The DiVirgilio Sports Complex located in Belle Vernon, Westmoreland County received a grant worth $160,000 for Phase Ill improvements. Phase Ill of the project Includes resurfacing, paving and lining the existing parking lots, paving additional ADA linkages between the fields and playground and installing lights around an additional ball field for more playing time. You can find more information about the award here.
Grant Awarded to Save Somerset Landmarks
The County of Somerset was awarded $269,824 for the repair of two nationally registered historic covered bridges in Brothers Valley Township and Fairhope Township, Somerset County. The Burkholder Bridge and the Pack Saddle Bridge are showing signs of rotted and damaged wood on some of the trusses. Both bridges carry local and tourist traffic, such as vehicles, horse drawn buggies, bicyclists and pedestrians, making the need· for renovation imperative. You can find more information about the Somerset County award here.
Sheepskin Trail Receives Funding
A grant for $60,000 to construct a segment of the Sheepskin Trail located in Spring Hill Township and Point Marion Borough, Fayette County was awarded on Tuesday. Fayette County will construct 1.7 miles of the Sheepskin Trail from the West Virginia line to the trail’s southern terminus in Point Marion. The project will include trail construction, drainage, bollards, gates, trail head parking area with ADA accessibility, trail head and gateway signs, road crossing signs and striping, fencing, and landscaping. You can find more information about the award here.
Thank You to the Veterans of the 32nd District
I spent Veterans Day weekend with the people of both Fayette and Somerset Counties thanking veterans for their service at events in Connellsville, Somerset, and Smithfield. This year, I will continue to thank them by hosting two events for veterans in the 32nd district. On Friday, Representative Metzgar and I will host a Veterans Breakfast in Somerset at American Legion Post 181 at 8:00am. On Monday, I will host a Veterans Reception in the evening at Uniontown’s American Legion Post 51 at 6:00pm. If you are one of our nation’s veterans, come and share some time, conversation, and my thanks for your service.
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