Nearly $2 Million in Transportation/Recreation Grants Approved for Cambria, Bedford

Harrisburg, July 1, 2016 − The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved a total of nearly $2 million in grant funds for transportation and recreation projects in Cambria and Bedford counties, said state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield).

The funds are critically important for our area, Wozniak said. We are rebuilding our economy and these grants will help generate jobs, growth and improve the regions quality-of-life.

The grants generate energy and leverage other investments that will create even more jobs and business activity down the line.

Wozniak said Gautier Steel is slated to receive $1.444 million from the CFAs Multimodal Transportation Fund for a rail safety and streetscape project in Johnstown. The project includes lighting, signing and greenscape work on Clinton and Washington Streets, which is central to the mill and the business district.

Another grant of $528,874 has been approved from the same program for the Greater Johnstown YMCA. This project features streetscape and sidewalk improvements along the YMCAs property in Johnstown.

The ability of the region to build out economically can be aided by grant funding for worthwhile projects, Wozniak said. The projects that were funding in this round of the CFA are significant and strategic.

Two recreation project grants from the CFAs Act 13 program were also approved. Rock Run Recreation in Patton, Cambria County, will receive $219,000. These funds will be coupled with matching funds from a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant of $687,000 to build 38 electrified camp sites, a shower house and sewage dump station.

In Bedford County, the Bedford Joint Municipal Authority received a $34,000 grant to update the Master Site Plan for extending the trail from Ft. Bedford Park to Old Bedford Village and Friendship Village.

I am pleased that these projects were funded and look forward to additional monies being approved for initiatives that improve our area, Wozniak said.

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