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Toomey Announces $20 Million Federal Grant for Butler County to Improve Route 228

December 6, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $20 million grant to Butler County to improve Route 228. In July, 2018, Senator Toomey sent a letter to DOT in support of Butler County's application.

"Improving Route 228 in Butler County is vital to expanding commerce and alleviating commuter traffic," said Senator Toomey. "I am proud to support Butler County's grant application to help with this project. I appreciate the support of Secretary Elaine Chao and the Department of Transportation."

Southern Butler County, the fastest growing community in Pennsylvania, has experienced immense growth, particularly along Route 228. This 26-mile economic thread is the County's primary link between southern Butler County, and Shell Chemical's $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. Currently, there are several transportation challenges along Route 228, such as inadequate capacity, an excessive number of accidents, and lack of access to key employment centers, schools, and residential neighborhoods.

The awarded funds will be used to realign and widen the Balls Bend and Haines School-Commonwealth sections of Route 228 to 4 lanes, including adding turn lanes, medians, connecting access roads, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities.