Friday, June 25, 2021

PennDOT Awarded $21,012,220 Million Federal Grant to Reconstruct Route 61 Between Frackville and Saint Clair


Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) announced Friday that the Department of Transportation awarded a $21,012,220 grant to reconstruct a distressed 4.5-mile section of Pennsylvania’s Route 61 that runs between St. Clair and Frackville.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be awarded $21,012,220 for a series of improvements on a segment of PA 61, a four-lane north/south principal arterial roadway consisting of bifurcated northbound/southbound travel lanes. The project will reconstruct an approximately 4.5-mile section of PA 61, including reconstructing the pavement, widening the shoulders, slope stabilization, realignment of substandard curves, installation of approximately 1,100 feet of new retaining walls, and the rehabilitation of eight culverts and two bridges.

This is the same project that was introduced in 2018 and eventually halted due to state funding.

Meuser said there were many involved in this project with special thanks given to Bob Carl, the President of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, the Schuylkill Chamber’s Transportation Committee, and PennDoT who advocated strongly for federal funding for Route 61, and worked hard on this effort.

“Route 61 is a critical roadway in Pennsylvania, and this grant will help provide necessary improvements to the infrastructure of the highway, improving safety for those who traverse the road and creating economic development in the region. It is my hope that these improvements will allow for more businesses to flourish, and make commuting easier for Pennsylvanians,” said Congressman Dan Meuser. “This grant will provide significant help, and I will continue to seek additional funding to complete the project.”

“The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is extremely grateful to learn of the $ 21 million INFRA Grant federal award for the PA Route 61 St. Clair to Frackville, PA Improvement Project. The importance of this final portion of the improvements of PA Route 61 to continued economic development, growth and most importantly recruitment and retention of very good jobs cannot be overstated. PA Route 61 being a connector between I-81 and I-78, is a critical infrastructure initiative which has become a serious safety concern and requires immediate funding for improvements. The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is extremely grateful to Congressman Dan Meuser’s strong leadership and advocacy for this INFRA Grant federal award and what it will mean to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and our 767 members strong. The Chamber was very happy to team with PennDOT District 5-0, Congressman Meuser and many members of our business and nonprofit community in joining forces to advocate via a large number of letters of support, to a successful INFRA Grant award.” -Bob Carl, President of Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce.

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