Wozniak: State Approves Robust Financing Package for Cambria Sewer System Upgrades

$30 million in grants and loans for work in Johnstown, Lower Yoder, Southmont

Harrisburg – October 19, 2021 – A state authority has approved more than $30 million in financing for sewer system upgrades in three municipalities in Cambria County, state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield) said today.

The blend of grants and loans for the sewer rehabilitation projects in Johnstown, Lower Yoder and Southmont was authorized at a meeting today in Harrisburg by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“The approval of the loans and grants for Johnstown, Lower Yoder and Southmont is a significant state investment targeted for worthwhile local projects,” Wozniak said.  “The mix of large grants combined with low interest loans makes the projects reasonable.”

Wozniak said that $10.9 million in funding was approved for Moxham II Sanitary/Storm Water Separation Project in Johnstown.  The financing package includes a $4.8 million grant and $6 million loan.  The project involves the replacement of pipe and laterals from the main to the property line.  The rehabilitation will serve more than 8,000 customers.

The Moxham project’s goal is to prevent overflows of raw sewage into Stony Creek during periods of wet weather.   Johnstown is required by consent order to reduce storm water infiltration.

In Lower Yoder, PENNVEST approved $10.8 million in financing to separate storm sewers, reduce infiltration into the system and curtail sewage flows into St. Clair Run and the Conemaugh River.  The project includes the replacement of 58,000 feet of sewer line, Wozniak said.

The financing package for Lower Yoder Township consists of a $6.3 million low-interest loan and a $4.4 million grant.  The project work was approved in accordance with the Department of Environmental Protection consent order.

PENNVEST also endorsed a $8.3 million financing package for Southmont Borough, which includes a $5.8 million loan and $2.4 million grant to rehabilitate the borough’s 75-year old sewage collection system.  Wozniak said this project involves the installation of nearly 30,000 feet of sewer pipe, hundreds of manhole covers, connections and laterals.

“The region has received a huge boost through the state funds approved today by PENNVEST,” Wozniak said.  “This funding addresses issues raised by environmental regulators and will allow communities in our region to better manage our resources.”

The projects are expected to create 60 jobs.