Cooper and Huston townships are the recipients of grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will help several local road projects move closer to completion, according to State Reps. Matt Gabler (R-DuBois) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield).
?We?d like to congratulate these two municipalities on success in what is a competitive selection process and on receiving much-needed financial support for their projects,? Sankey said.
Cooper Township?s $388,329 grant will fund widening and paving of Sportsman?s Road in Kylertown, improvements to German Road in Drifting and replacement of a bridge culvert on Clearfield Street in Grassflat.
Huston Township will use the $237,000 it was awarded to replace the Winterburn Road Bridge, which has a weight restriction placed on it.
?The existing bridge is a safety hazard because it isn?t strong enough to allow emergency vehicles to pass over it, in addition to being off limits to fuel oil trucks, school busses and construction vehicles,? added Gabler.
The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.
The grants themselves are derived from Act 13 impact fees, which are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and fluctuate depending on price and the rate of inflation.
Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent passed onto counties and local municipalities affected by drilling.