– Sayre Borough has been awarded two state grants totaling a $475,000 to assist with streetscape upgrades and trail construction, announced Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).
A $375,000 grant through the Multimodal Transportation Fund will go toward completion of the streetscape project to create a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment in the downtown area.
“I strongly support both of these improvement projects and was happy to advocate for the funding on the borough’s behalf,” said Pickett. “Approval of the streetscape grant allows the borough to continue to revitalize the downtown area, making it a destination location.”
Sayre Borough officials will use a $100,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for Phase II of the Diahoga Trail Project, which includes construction of 3,700 linear feet of trail from Riverfront Park to the existing Destiny Kinal Trail.
“The construction of this trail will connect the boroughs of Sayre and Athens and provide residents and visitors with nearly a two-mile contiguous pathway that is free of motorized traffic, but accessible to the downtown business district,” Pickett added.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to state residents.
The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers funding assistance with the planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.
The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.