Senator Santarsiero, Representative Warren Announce $675,000 Awarded in State Funds for Local Transportation Improvement

BUCKS COUNTY – April 21, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced today the award of Multimodal Transportation Fund Grants to Lower Makefield Township, Newtown Township and Yardley Borough.  Lower Makefield Township will receive $353,000, Newtown Township will receive $227,000 and Yardley Borough will receive $95,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

“These funding awards are an important opportunity to make improvements to our local transportation infrastructure while providing economic benefits to our communities,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I enthusiastically supported all of these applications, which will hep residents enjoy the outdoors and drive traffic in our thriving boroughs.”

“Bikepath, trail, sidewalk – these CFA grants support local projects that enhance our health, our safety and our quality of life. And, these projects provide recreational opportunities and benefits to residents and businesses in all our communities,” said Rep. Warren.

Lower Makefield Township will use the funds for its Woodside Road bike path project, which will run from Makefield Highlands Golf Course to Taylorsville Road, and connect to a new path on Woodside Road.  The bike path ultimately provide bicycle and pedestrian access to Scudder Falls Bridge.

“This bike path will be a welcome addition to Lower Makefield Township, providing increased access and safety for cyclists along Woodside Road,” continued Sen. Santarsiero.

The funds to Newtown Township will be used for the second phase of construction of a multi-use trail along Lower Dolington Road.  The first phase of the trail was funded through the same grant program and was awarded in 2019.

Of the Newtown project, Sen. Santarsiero said, “The second phase of the multi-use trail along Lower Dolington Road will improve recreational opportunities for walkers and cyclists to safely enjoy the outdoors, benefit the health of our residents and keeping our residents safe.”

The Yardley Borough project will construct approximately 1,200 linear feet of concrete sidewalk along the northern side of North Main Street.  The project will also include related stormwater and pedestrian facility improvements.

“Yardley Borough is home to many restaurants and businesses right along North Main Street.  Construction of the sidewalk in this area will help customers access these shops, helping our local economy continue to grow and thrive,” said Sen. Santarsiero.

Rep Warren continued, “Senator Santarsiero and I have advocated for these grants, as they represent the state’s commitment to partner with community leaders on pedestrian and cyclist access and safety and the corresponding recreational and economic benefits to our communities.”

Multimodal transportation fund grants encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. For more information about the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grants, visit the DCED website.

 

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $700,000 to Chalfont Borough and Doylestown Township for Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects

BUCKS COUNTYAugust 17, 2020 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced two municipalities in his district will receive a total of $700,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) H2O PA Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Projects Program.  Chalfont Borough will receive $300,000 for improvements to its storm sewer replacement project and Doylestown Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) will receive $400,000 for its project to interconnect the DTMA and Delaware Valley University water systems.

“The funding awards for these programs will help the environment, improve our economic development opportunities and protect the health of residents,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I enthusiastically urged DCED to provide these critical funds to our community, which will help fund much needed local improvements to our water and storm sewer infrastructure.”  

Chalfont Borough will use the funds to rehabilitate its stormwater system, making critical changes to fix an aging system.  DTMA’s project will regionalize and consolidate two water systems, interconnecting the system currently serving Doylestown Township, New Britain Borough and Plumstead Township with the Delaware Valley University water system, improving access to public water.

H2O PA Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water project grants seek to help municipalities or municipal authorities with the construction or drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects.

For more information on DCED’s H2O PA Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Projects Program, visit the DCED website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants to Three Bucks County Technical Schools 

BUCKS COUNTY – December 19, 2019  – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced the award of $118,892 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and Bucks County Technical High School each for $50,000, as well as $18,892 to Upper Bucks County Technical School. The grant awards will be used for the purchase of new equipment to provide hands-on training to students in high-demand occupations, specifically focusing on the needs of local employers.      

 “Investments in our Career and Technical Education programs are vital to ensuring a diverse and well-trained workforce,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “We are fortunate to have three technical schools serving Bucks County residents and I, along with my Senate colleagues from the county, look forward to seeing the impact of these grants on the job opportunities afforded our area students.”  

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology is located in Jamison, PA and serves 800 daytime students from Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope-Solebury School Districts, as well as 500 adult learners. For more information about the school and programs, visit their website

Bucks County Technical High School is located in Fairless Hills, PA and serves 1,500 students from Pennsbury, Neshaminy, Bensalem Township, Bristol Borough and Township, and Morrisville Borough School Districts, and adult learners through both day and evening programs.  For more information about the school and programs, visit their website

Upper Bucks County Technical High School is located in Perkasie, PA and offers twenty-one programs to students in grades 9 through 12 from Pennridge, Quakertown, and Palisades School Districts, in addition to its adult education program.  For more information about the school and programs, visit their website.  

For more information on the various grant opportunities through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, visit their website

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