Environmental and infrastructure projects across Berks County receive state funding

Governor Tom Wolf has announced 130 new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority for environmental and infrastructure projects across Pennsylvania.

“These projects will improve communities and enhance the quality of life for Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “They are the kind of improvements and upgrades that continue to make our commonwealth a truly great place to live, work and play.”

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The 130 Act 13 projects approved are in 40 counties. The total funding amount is more than $18.2 million.

The projects are designated for specific initiatives as Flood Mitigation: ten projects approved; $2,401,281 total. Greenways, Trails and Recreation: 94 projects approved; $12,219,569 total. Sewage Facilities: four projects approved; $73,830 total. Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: one project approved; $150,000 total. Watershed Restoration and Protection: 21 projects approved; $3,407,495 total.

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Highlighted projects in Berks County include Lower Alsace Township, which received $200,000 in Flood Mitigation funding for the second phase of the ongoing Stony Creek Streambank Rehabilitation project. Over several years severe storms have caused damage to Antietam Creek, which now floods during heavy rains and threatens nearby Antietam School District facilities.

The funding will go towards rebuilding the collapsed creek wall, dredging the creek to remove debris, removing dead vegetation, and replacing sections of deteriorated sidewalks. Phase two will also rebuild a pedestrian bridge that was damaged by storms and create a safe pathway to and from school buildings.

“We’re fortunate to have outdoor spaces throughout Berks County that can be enjoyed by people of all ages,” Sen. Judy Schwank said. “These projects improve accessibility to greenspaces and will address a public safety risk around the Antietam School District. I commend both local governments for taking action to preserve our natural resources.”

Laureldale Borough received Greenways, Trails, and Recreation grant funding. The borough was awarded $22,321 to install a walking path at Manzella Park.

“Well maintained recreational areas are an important components of an active and healthy community,” Rep. Mark Rozzi said. “I’m encouraged to see Lower Alsace and Laureldale take full advantage of these funding opportunities. All three will be of great benefit to nearby residents.”

A full list of projects can be found here.

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