Ward announces $2M for infrastructure projects in Westmoreland County

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, on Friday announced nearly $2 million in Commonwealth Financing Authority grants for five local projects in Westmoreland County.

The projects in Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant and Unity townships as well as Delmont and Jeannette were among 266 projects statewide totaling $94.4 million that the CFA approved. The grant allocations include $84 million for 166 transportation infrastructure projects in 54 counties and $10.4 million for 100 environmental and infrastructure projects in 38 counties.

“Strong communities help build strong economies,” Ward said. “The funding … will advance local infrastructure projects that are important to helping our community be a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Local projects approved for funding are:

  • Donohoe Road upgrades in Hempfield, $924,952;
  • Sixth Street bridge repairs in Jeannette, $639,368;
  • Delmont sediment and pollutant mitigation project, $225,000;
  • culvert replacement in Mt. Pleasant Township, $112,000; and
  • playground improvements at Unity Township Park, $75,000.

The grant programs are underwritten with money assessed through the state’s impact fee, which is paid by unconventional natural gas producers.

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