Greencastle, Shippensburg, and Chambersburg get slice of nearly $50M state multimodal transportation funding

24 August 2023- Today, Governor Josh Shapiro announced that his Administration will fund 58 highway, bridge, aviation, ports, and bike and pedestrian projects in 37 counties using $49.6 million in funding from the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides grant funding to ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to all Pennsylvanians.

The program is intended to provide financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, and ports and rail freight entities to improve transportation infrastructure that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.

“Infrastructure is the backbone of Pennsylvania, and our Commonwealth’s progress has often been tied to our ability to complete major projects that spur economic growth and create real opportunity,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Investing in and improving our infrastructure is a commonsense way to spur economic development, create jobs, and help Pennsylvanians reach their destinations safely and efficiently.”

Reflecting PennDOT’s commitment to improving locally owned infrastructure, several of the projects will also help local governments address bridges and roadways in need of repair or replacement.

“Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all modes of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”

On September 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM, PennDOT will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. Applications are due by 4PM on November 10, 2023. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for funding that will be available in July 2024.

The bipartisan budget Governor Shapiro signed earlier this month includes increased transportation funding by reducing the Pennsylvania State Police’s reliance on the Motor License Fund, freeing up $125 million annually over the next four years to put those dollars directly into road and bridge projects.

Below is a list of projects funded our area.

Cumberland County:

  • Shippensburg Borough – $1,000,000 to extend the existing Dykeman Road between Shippensburg Borough and Shippensburg Township to improve inter-municipal connectivity and relieve severe traffic congestion on US Route 11 and adjacent streets in the borough’s downtown. 

Franklin County:

  • Borough of Greencastle – $41,307 for improvements to North Washington Street that will provide greater walkability, ADA access, roadway travel, protection of local landmarks, and mitigation of safety hazards presently existing on the deteriorating streetscape.
  • WCN Properties, LP – $2,000,000 to extend an existing roadway, Archer Drive, from its current terminus at Lighthouse Road to Overcash Road. This segment will improve local transportation safety and provide additional truck access in an industrial zone. 

Dauphin County:

  • Township of South Hanover – $3,000,000 to reconnect Hayshed and Red Top Roads to reduce accidents at Red Top Rd/SR 39; utilize existing signalized intersection at Hayshed Rd/SR 39; provide a safer route for emergency services; expand multimodal trail system; and provide connectivity to SR 39.