The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will use $33 million in federal funds to complete 56 projects that will improve transportation in Pennsylvania.
The projects aim to improve alternative transit routes, adding cycling and pedestrian lanes and increasing overall safety. Creating safe routes to schools, preserving historic structures and creating trails that serve as transport lanes are priorities among the projects.
"These awards represent yet another way PennDOT is working to broaden the reach of transportation investments in Pennsylvania," PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said. "Combined with awards from the new state Multimodal Fund and the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund, this program opens the door to an even wider variety of improvements for the people of Pennsylvania."
The federal funding comes as part of the 2012 federal transportation authorization act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). This legislation also made fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those in the previous transportation authorization act, now called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
In deciding which projects to fund with federal money, PennDOT evaluated each application on its safety benefits, cost, timeliness of implementation, significance to the state or region, integration of the land and leverage of other funding.