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More than $3.6 million arrives for road and pedestrian projects

E 3rd St Bethlehem
Stephanie Sigafoos
East Third Street in Bethlehem is one of nine transportation projects in the 18th District to get funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program (MTF).

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — More than $3 million in state funding is slated to go toward improving Lehigh Valley roads and bridges and enhancing pedestrian safety, it was announced Tuesday.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola said in a news release that $3,061,186 has been approved for nine transportation-related projects.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and is a product of the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

“These state funds will have a tremendous impact on making critically needed roadway improvements and pedestrian safety enhancements throughout Northampton County,” Boscola said.

“Working with my legislative colleagues of both parties and… chambers made bringing this funding back to the Valley a reality.”

Projects specified for fund use are:

  • Bethlehem Township: Emergency pre-emption traffic signal: $341,963
  • Wilson: S. 20th Street paving and pedestrian improvement project: $50,000
  • Bethlehem: Third Street multimodal connections: $900,000
  • Easton: College Hill intersection improvements: $194,223
  • Freemansburg: Pedestrian and vehicular safety improvements on Main Street, $350,000
  • Lower Nazareth Township: Butztown Road realignment and rehabilitation project: $725,000
  • Plainfield Township: Engler Road Rehabilitation: $225,000
  • Stockertown: Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project: $75,000
  • Wind Gap: Male Road Bridge replacement and pedestrian improvements: $200,000

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created as part of Act 89, also known as the Transportation Bill, which was signed into law in 2013 to fund road projects, bridge repairs and public transit, to promote economic development and ensure the state safe and reliable transportation systems.