Two Lehigh County locations getting $1.5 million for EV Chargers
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Two Lehigh County gas stations and convenience stores off of Interstate 78 are set to get more than $1.5 million in funding toward installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
The state Transportation Department announced $798,869 has been designated for a charging station at the Turkey Hill Mini Market off of I-78 Exit 57 at 2855 Lehigh St., Allentown.
Also, $727,420 has been designated for a charging station at the Wawa off I-78 Exit 49 A-B at 7572 Schantz Road, in Upper Macungie Township.
- More than $1.5 million is headed to two Lehigh County gas stations for EV charging infrastructure
- The funds come from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as part of 54 similar projects across Pennsylvania
- $798,869 is set for a Turkey Hill Mini Market off I-78, Exit 57 and $727,420 is designated for a charging station at the Wawa off I-78 Exit 49 A-B
The funding comes from the first round of federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure funding, which will provide $33.8 million in federal investment in Pennsylvania infrastructure improvements, Shapiro's office said in a release.
The two projects are among 54 total in 35 counties, "selected to expand access to, and the reliability of, electric vehicle charging within Pennsylvania."Mike Carroll, Pennsylvania secretary of Transportation
The funds are related to the Bipartisan Infrastructure law, which set aside $7.5 billion toward making EV charging more accessible, including $5 billion set toward the NEVI formula program and a discretionary grant program for charging and fueling infrastructure.
Among 54 projects in 35 counties
According to the state, over the first five years of the NEVI Formula Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will get $171.5 million for EV charging infrastructure.
The two projects are among 54 total in 35 counties, "selected to expand access to, and the reliability of, electric vehicle charging within Pennsylvania," Pa. Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll said in a release.
"These new investments will create good paying jobs and allow Pennsylvanian residents, businesses, and visitors to travel across the Commonwealth faster, cleaner, and more reliably."PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll
"These new investments will create good paying jobs and allow Pennsylvanian residents, businesses, and visitors to travel across the Commonwealth faster, cleaner, and more reliably," Carroll said.
No projects have been announced for Northampton County.
The current list of funding awards from round one can be viewed here.
A National Environmental Policy Act public involvement process is set to begin for each project announced. Projects can begin after successful NEPA completion and execution of any required legal agreements.
The state government said some of these projects may begin as early as late 2023.
Also on Aug. 1, PennDOT submitted its Federal Fiscal Year 2024 NEVI Plan Update for federal review. The public may share input on the plan through an online survey or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.