Athens Borough to receive $107,000 from state CFA

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) announced today that the Borough of Athens will receive a state grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) for the completion of a pedestrian safety project along the proposed Diahoga Trail, Bradford County,

In 2015, Athens Borough was awarded a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to construct the proposed Diahoga Trail.  The trail is designed to connect residents and businesses of Sayre Borough and Athens Borough.  A portion of the trail in Athens Borough underwent streambank stabilization in 2015 due to flooding.  As a result of the stabilization, the trail surface will be much higher than anticipated, creating a drop off between the trail and the Susquehanna River.

This project aims to mitigate the safety concern by installing 3200 feet of fencing along the river.  This project will also address the lack of ADA compliant access to the trail by creating an 80 foot ramp.

“I am pleased that this investment has been made in my senatorial district,” Yaw said. “The trail will create a safe pedestrian and bike connection between parks in Athens and Sayre Borough’s linking these communities and its residents to the river.  The trail will be a catalyst for additional long-term recovery projects.”

The MTF provides financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight and ports to enhance communities, pedestrian safety and transportation assets.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to: rail service, bus and transportation center improvements; streetscape, lighting, sidewalk and bicycle/pedestrian safety enhancements; coordinating transit services; rail-freight sidings and freight track upgrades; airport development and improvement to Pennsylvania’s ports.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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