Huntingdon County to see over $1 million in state funding for rail, bridge improvements

26 March 2024- Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) today announced $1.25 million in state grant funding has been awarded for three projects in Frankstown Township and Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County, and Franklin Township, Huntingdon County.

In Blair County, D Holdings has been awarded $500,000 to fund the installation of rail lines and facilities as part of the third phase of the DeGol Industrial Center Rail Expansion and Cross Dock Facility Project. In addition, Hollidaysburg Borough will benefit from $400,000 in grant funding to construct the Canal Basin Park Gateway Connector Bridge.

In Huntingdon County, Franklin Township has been awarded $350,000 to replace the Graysville Cemetery Road over Spruce Creek.

“This recent round of grant funding is a great example of how the Multimodal Transportation Fund can improve quality of life in rural areas,” said Ward.  “These projects are much deserved and will encourage economic development through maintaining a safe and dependable transportation network in these communities, all without placing an additional burden on their taxpayers. I am always proud to advocate in Harrisburg for projects like these that enhance our transportation assets in the district.”

Also named as recipients of the grant awards were Henderson Township and the borough of Huntingdon, both in Huntingdon County.

“I am pleased to hear about the Multimodal Transportation Program grant awards for Henderson Township and Huntingdon Borough,” Ward said. “I am always happy to advocate for the needs of my district, especially when it comes to projects like these. This financing will allow these municipalities to make much-needed transportation improvements to increase the safety and reliability of local infrastructure without placing a burden on local taxpayers.”

Huntingdon Borough was awarded a grant of more than $700,000 to reconfigure the intersection of Moore Street and Cold Springs Road.

Henderson Township will benefit from a $185,000 grant to fund roadway improvements on Gorsuch Road.

“Roadway realignment and safety improvements to the busy Cold Springs Road-Moore Street intersection better ensure safety for both motorists and pedestrians. Improving motorist and pedestrian visibility, reducing speeds and improving the overall flow of traffic are the goals of this project,” said State Representative Rich Irvin about the grants, which are also in his legislative district. “In Henderson Township, residents have reported aging and deteriorating roadways. These funds to repair Gorsuch Road will also allow the township to dedicate its resources to other infrastructure needs. I am proud to support infrastructure funding for all municipalities in the 81st District.”