East Hills Outpatient Care Center

The $70 million East Hills Outpatient Care Center is shown on Feb. 22, 2017, during construction behind Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s existing operation at 1450 Scalp Ave. in Richland Township. Improvements to Scalp Avenue to provide access to the center are among projects being funded through state grants announced Tuesday. Nov. 14, 2017.

A number of municipalities and organizations in Cambria and Somerset counties were awarded a total of nearly $2 million in state funding for projects designed to improve transportation infrastructure and promote economic development, area legislators announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Several of the grants were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Funding Program. The CFA, an agency of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, administers Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.

These projects will be funded in Cambria and Somerset counties, according to news releases from state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Richland; state Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Connellsville; state Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Berlin; and state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Johnstown:

• DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center received $91,460 to help make improvements to Scalp Avenue in Richland Township in order to provide services to the new East Hills Outpatient Center. The improvements will include a left turning lane, a new traffic light and a covered bus stop for Cambria County Transit Authority to provide bus service to the facility.

• Summerhill Borough received $420,110 to help safely connect pedestrian and bicycle traffic to recreation and public assets in areas including the Main Line Canal Greenway, the Recreation and Memorial Park areas, the municipal building and the fire station. The project includes replacing inadequate sidewalks, adding six ADA-compliant ramps and installing new crosswalks.

• Corsa Coal Corp. received $250,000 to rehabilitate the nonfunctional rail loop at its Cambria Prep Plant in Stonycreek Township, which is expected to allow transportation of metallurgical coal to market by rail rather than by truck.

• LCT Energy LP received $500,000 for the reinstallation of 18,000 feet of railroad track and two railroad crossings in Shade Township. The restored track will service a coal preparation facility.

• Somerset County received $269,824 for the repair of two dilapidated covered bridges: Burkholder Bridge in Brothersvalley Township and Packsaddle Bridge in Fairhope Township. Both structures are nationally registered as historic and are beginning to rot.

These projects join Johnstown’s Main Street East Transportation/Commercial Complex and Gautier Steel’s $1.1 million streetscape improvement project, among others announced previously, on the list of area projects funded through the Multimodal Transportation Funding Program.

In addition, the following Johnstown-area projects received funding through the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program:

• The city of Johnstown received $225,000 for improvements to Roxbury Park, including installing a new stormwater drainage system, replacing rusted fencing, installing energy-efficient lighting and repairing the maintenance facility’s roof.

• Johnstown Concert Ballet received $6,000 to help construct a small park next to its Broad Street building.

• Community Foundation for the Alleghenies received $87,499 to help purchase and install playground equipment at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School.

• Coaches 4 Kids Foundation received $34,000 to help rehabilitate Dale Borough Park in Conemaugh Township, including the clearing of 34.8 acres and construction of a football field, parking area and playground.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.

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