Pennsylvania gets $27 million in federal funds to make walking and biking safer

A bicycle lane along Market Street in Philadelphia, on June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

By Sean Kitchen

December 12, 2023

US Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman announced more than $27 million in federal funding for major pedestrian safety improvements throughout the commonwealth on Monday.

Democratic officials from across the commonwealth announced more than $27 million in funding from the Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets Program to make safety improvements for school students, pedestrians, and bicyclists along some of the most heavily used corridors in Pennsylvania.

The projects include upgrades in Allegheny County, Bethlehem, Delaware County, Lewisburg, and Philadelphia. They are funded through President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which became law in 2021.

“Because of the infrastructure law, we are building a Pennsylvania which is safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. Investments that help our students get to and from school safely is a win for our communities,” US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) said in a statement.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the safety upgrades being funded by the Safe Streets Program:

Allegheny County will receive $520,000 in federal funding for the Southwestern Planning Commission (SPC) to develop a comprehensive plan of action to make Allegheny County streets safer for all users.

Bethlehem will receive $9.9 million to make safety upgrades for pedestrians and bicyclists along West Broad Street. There are seven schools near this corridor and the upgrades will include better intersections, protected bike lanes, and other infrastructure improvements.

Delaware County will receive $261,942 for pedestrian safety upgrades along routes to 13 schools in the Chester-Upland and Southeast Delco School districts.

Lewisburg, which is the home to Bucknell University, will receive $160,000 to develop a comprehensive plan to make the bourugh’s roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

Philadelphia will receive $16.4 million for safety improvements along two of the city’s most dangerous corridors. The money will help fund pedestrian and bicyclist upgrades on the Roosevelt Blvd., between Hunting Park Ave. and Wissahickon Ave. and on Old York Rd., between Erie Ave. and Lindley Ave.

“Infrastructure funding is not limited to just building bridges and highways. This funding program, which I voted for as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will serve to make our city streets safer to many who use them every day,” Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) said in a statement praising the upgrades in Philadelphia.

“This funding will enable the creation of dedicated bike lanes along some of our most dangerous traffic corridors, while fostering a safer and more sustainable urban environment,” he added. “This project marks a significant step towards prioritizing the well-being of our Philadelphia residents and promotes active, eco-friendly transportation alternatives.”

 

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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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