- Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-Lackawanna/Monroe/Wayne) announced today over $300,000 in new funding for a Wayne County community.
The Greater Honesdale Partnership was awarded $311,207 for pedestrian safety and connectivity improvements in the borough.
“I am more than pleased to see this funding approved to improve pedestrian safety and enhance travel-ways while making this particular space more accessible and aesthetic," said Fritz. “Many have shared an enthusiasm for bettering the downtown area, and I was happy to be a strong advocate for the grant, which will help improve the quality of life for local residents, woo visitors and continue the objective of making wise investments in our communities."
“These grants are an indispensable component of economic growth for this area,” Brown said. “We must continue to invest in all the items that help our economy thrive such as infrastructure, economic development and public safety to ensure a high quality of life in our communities and across the Commonwealth.”
The project includes improvements to 12th Street between Church Street to Main Street. The project will increase pedestrian safety by changing traffic flow to one way; repositioning parking; and installing crosswalks, a bike lane, sidewalks, lighting, benches and trash cans. The project will also provide connections to an existing bike lane and river trail, as well as improve a portion of the core downtown of the Borough of Honesdale.
The legislators explained that each of the grants is funded by revenues collected as part of Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act, not by taxpayer dollars.