January 10, 2017
State officials announced Tuesday that 51 alternative transportation projects throughout Pennsylvania, including a handful in Philadelphia, are in line for a cool $33 million in federal funding.
That means better sidewalks and trails for the Pennsylvania's pedestrians and bikers.
The announcement that came from Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDot said the $33 million would be distributed across 32 counties, with about $2.8 million expected to pour into Philadelphia.
The money is part of the 2012 federal transportation authorization act, PennDOT said. The transportation agency made its selection from a variety of applications based on safety, cost, implementation, significance and more.
Here's where the money is set to go in the city, according to PennDOT:
• Indego, Philly's bike share program, will receive $984,692 to fund 16 new stations.
•$1 million will be spend to build a 12-foot-wide trail that stretches a 6/10th of a mile along the Delaware River from Magee to Princeton avenues.
•More than 27 lane miles of "protected bike facilities," or dedicated bike lanes, will be created by installing "flexible delineator posts," costing $250,000.
•Slip ramps along will be removed from along Baltimore Avenue, at a cost of $600,000.
"These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure," Wolf said in a statement. "Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose, and promote safety and mobility."
The money will also effect other neighboring counties, including Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties. To see where the money is expected to go where you live, check out PennDOT's website.