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Key Community Corridors in Beaver County Receive Transportation Funding
SR 18 (7th Avenue) Project
The 7th Avenue (State Route 18) project in Beaver Falls and New Brighton includes milling and resurfacing of the existing bituminous pavement from 8th Street to 20th Street in the City of Beaver Falls and patching and overlaying of the existing concrete from 5th Street in New Brighton Borough to the Beaver River Bridge, and from the Beaver River Bridge to 8th Street in Beaver Falls. Drainage and guide rail updates, manhole and valve adjustments, signing, pavement markings, delineation, and other miscellaneous work will occur from 5th Street in New Brighton to 20th Street in Beaver Falls. Numerous safety improvements to address crash trends include: updating signal heads and installing reflective back plates, installing new pedestrian signal heads and push buttons, upgrading detection to radar, as well as retiming and coordination of signals throughout the corridor to provide safe and efficient movement of vehicles. The project has an anticipated let date of February, 2019, and construction is scheduled to begin next summer. PennDOT will hold a public plans display meeting on October 17th at the Beaver Falls Municipal Building from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. to inform the public about the proposed changes, the construction schedule, and traffic control, and gather public feedback.
Monaca Gateway Project
The overall Monaca Gateway Project from 4th to 17th Streets along Pennsylvania Avenue includes the reconstruction of Pennsylvania Avenue (State Routes 0018, 4044 and 0051), through Monaca’s downtown with intersection and sidewalk improvements, crosswalk enhancements, and stormwater management elements to improve pedestrian and roadway infrastructure and enable new manufacturing and economic growth. Monaca is collaborating with a number of local, regional, state, federal, and private partners to fund what is ultimately a $26 million corridor revitalization project. The multimillion dollar investment will support the large increase in truck and industry traffic already resulting from construction of the Shell Complex, which is expected to continually increase from operations and downstream manufacturing growth. With the award of SMART Program funding, and the recent addition of funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Transportation Infrastructure Investment (TIIF) Funds program, the project can begin preliminary engineering and the public involvement process. Monaca has pledged their own local resources and in 2013, Monaca secured a $150,000 brownfields reuse planning grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the pilot launch of EPA’s “Brownfields Area-Wide Planning” (AWP) program.
Monaca used its resources to convene a robust group of local, regional, private sector, state and federal groups to identify strategies for productive reuse of steel sites and other brownfields on the 40-mile stretch of the Ohio River west of Pittsburgh. What emerged was a robust “Ohio River Brownfields Plan” that focused on the dual goals of attracting new manufacturing to old brownfields and ensuring that the traditional, core localities in the area were prepared for manufacturing growth through infrastructure upgrades, plans for community economic development and workforce housing, and measures to ensure a sustainable quality of life as these investments are secured and implemented. The Monaca Gateway Project and its vision for the downtown corridor was a result of the brownfields reuse planning activity grant. The plan further leveraged an additional $600,000 EPA Assessment Planning Grant, which was awarded to Beaver County on behalf of Monaca, Midland, Beaver Falls, Aliquippa, and Moon Township. The EPA grant is concluding this month and final documents will be available at the end of October.
For more information about the SMART Transportation Program, contact Dan Alwine at (412) 391-5590 x388 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.