2021 Member Designated Infrastructure Projects

The rules of the House of Representatives now permit members of Congress to advocate funding for specific infrastructure-related projects. Part of that process requires public disclosure of the requests I make on behalf of entities within Pennsylvania's 16th district. Here are the seven projects for which I have requested funding this year:

Project: State Route 68 Corridor Improvements
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering District 10-0
Amount: $8,287,600
Location: Connoquenessing and Butler Townships
Benefits: Providing a center turn lane throughout the project limits will greatly reduce traffic congestion during peak volume hours and significantly improve safety. Also, upgrading five signalized intersections within the corridor will improve the level of service for each one. Route 68 is a significant commuter and commercial corridor leading into the City of Butler and to regionally significant sites such as the VA Hospital and the Butler Farm Show and airport.

PennDOT D10-0 Letter of Commitment

Project: Sassafras Street Extension Pedestrian Bridge
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering
Amount: $4,400,000
Location: City of Erie, Erie County
Community Benefits: One of Pennsylvania’s most unique assets – the Great Lakes waterfront - is cut off from the City of Erie’s central business district and adjacent neighborhoods. The interference is caused by a steep vertical grade change of nearly 30 feet along with the Bayfront Parkway. This physical barrier presents obstacles for residents, workers, and visitors who bike, or walk to and from the area’s many destinations and therefore, stymies Erie’s modern economic growth. This pedestrian bridge seeks to remedy those problems.

MPO Letter of Support Sassafras Ped Bridge

Project: East Washington Street Improvements
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering District 11-0
Amount: $3,895,000
Location: City of New Castle
Community Benefits: East Washington Road (SR0065) is a major thoroughfare in Lawrence County. Benefits/impacts of this project to the community include improved roadway pavement, improved safety conditions, and improved pedestrian accessibility. Data shows that within a 1-mile radius of the projects there were over 2,355 businesses employing over 13,860 people and $909.8 million in local sales. Expanding the radius to 3 miles shows 4,633 business with employment over 26,255 and over $1.7 billion in sales.

PennDOT D11 Letter of Commitment

Project: U.S. Highway 6, Baldwin Street Exit
Sponsor: Crawford County
Amount: $2,000,000
Location: City of Meadville and West Mead Township
Community Benefit: In 2018 a Corridor Study sought to determine whether the four lanes were still necessary in this area. The study found that a two-lane option of reconstruction was a valid alternative supported by the public. Locals would also like to see a multi-use trail and pollinator gardens placed along this corridor to support National Bike Route “Y” and the French Creek Waterway that runs parallel to U.S. 6.

Crawford County Letter of Committment

Project: East Washington Street Bridge Improvements
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering District 11-0
Amount: $1,400,000
Location: City of New Castle
Community Benefit: East Washington Sreet Bridge carries the vital East Washington Street corridor across Nashannock Creek, connecting Downtown New Castle to its southeastern neighborhoods. The bridge provides vital economic benefit to the region. Data shows that within a 1-mile radius of the projects, there were over 21,623 businesses employing over 9,445 people and $606.7 million in local sales. Expanding the radius to 3 miles shows 4,314 businesses with employment over 24,880 and over $1.7 billion in sales.

PennDOT D11 Letter of Commitment

Project: State Route 228 Three Degree Road Intersection Improvements
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering District 10-0
Amount: $11,901,825
Location: Butler, Adams, and Middlesex Townships
Community Benefit: The Three Degree Road project is a component of the 228 Corridor. The significant of “Gateway 228”, is evidenced by the recent award of a federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant to fund a portion of the project's construction costs. Improvements to the safety and capacity of this section of PA 228 are not only important to the 18,000+ vehicles moving through the corridor daily, but also to the surrounding community which has been rapidly growing and developing.

PennDOT D10-0 Letter of Commitment

Project: U.S. Route 422 Bypass Phase II Improvements
Sponsor: PennDOT Engineering District 10-0
Amount: $7,500,000
Location: Butler, Connoquenessing, and Franklin Townships
Community Benefit: This project will provide highway surface consistency for the traveling public and trucks and will adjoin the previous Butler Bypass Phase 1 project.  Data gathered in January 2020 indicates that within one mile of the project, there are 620 businesses with 6,577 employees, accounting for $188.5 million in sales. Just a three-mile area around this project includes over 28,000 employees.

PennDOT D10-0 Letter of Commitment