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Mt. Oliver receives funding to expand streetscape


Mt. Oliver has one of 51 projects in the state that are in line for $33 million in federal funds to improve transportation alternatives.

“These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose, and promote safety and mobility.”

“Supporting transportation alternatives in our communities is vital to a transportation system that works for all Pennsylvanians,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “These investments complement our state multimodal funding to ensure we’re making connections that improve citizens’ quality of life no matter how they travel.”

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21, introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that had existed as separate programs in SAFETEA-LU, the previous authorization act. Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are now consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

Mt. Oliver Borough will receive $745,714 for a streetscape project along Brownsville Road from the Clock Tower to Margaret Street. The project includes numerous improvements in the business district, including new sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, sharrows, and a consistent streetscape design.

Sharrows, are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles.

Rick Hopkinton, Mt. Oliver Borough manager, said they will be working with the City of Pittsburgh to continue the streetscape.


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