Johnstown and Boggs Township Awarded State Loans

HARRISBURG – State Sen. John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) has announced that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved two infrastructure development projects in Cambria and Clearfield counties.

“Without the funding from PENNVEST, essential infrastructure improvements might not be possible,” Wozniak said. “More than $13.5 million in low-interest loans were approved for the projects, and this will prevent rate increases for residents.”

The first loan of $10.9 million will fund sewage line upgrades in the City of Johnstown. The upgrades will include rehabilitating existing sewers in the Oakhurst area, replacing manholes and installing lateral inspection ports. The project will also fund the installation of slip lining, which allows workers to repair leaks and restore structural stability without completely replacing pipeline.

The second loan of $2.6 million will go toward the $3.1 million cost of improving the Old Erie Pike Waterline Extension in Boggs Township. Workers will install 27,150 feet of water distribution pipeline, 46 new service connections, 10 fire hydrants, four pressure reducing valve vaults and 33 gate valves. The project is expected to reduce the number of water outages as well as increase efficiency by joining water lines for two service districts.

“Through PENNVEST, we’re able to fund water projects that aren’t usually high on people’s minds, but are essential to public health and safety,” said Wozniak.

Both projects were approved at a meeting Tuesday in Harrisburg.

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