Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pa. 16th) announced today that the United States Department of Transportation will award two BUILD Grants for projects in western Pennsylvania.  

Butler County will receive $25 million to fund several improvements to State Route 228. These improvements include widening lanes, adding turning lanes, converting intersections to roundabouts or jug handles, installing ADA ramps, adding multi-use paths, and upgrading signals and pavement markings. Improvements will be made on segments from Lovi Road to Powell Road, Powell Road to Haine School Road, and at the intersection with Three Degree Road.

Erie County will receive $21 million to fund improvements to better connect Erie’s central business district to its waterfront including reconstructing three major intersections, removing existing railroad tracks including two at-grade crossing, closing gaps in a multi-use trail network, and constructing a multimodal bridge.

Senator Toomey and Congressman Kelly both supported the applications filed by Butler County and Erie County officials.

“I am pleased that the Department of Transportation is funding these major infrastructure improvement projects in Butler County and Erie County,” said Senator Toomey. “These projects will boost local economies, support shovel ready jobs for workers, and ultimately reduce traffic congestion, and make our roads safer. Congressman Kelly has been a steadfast advocate for these projects for years and it was great working with him and Secretary Chao to get these initiatives across the goal line."

“Once again the Trump Administration has kept its promise to invest in western Pennsylvania,” said Congressman Kelly. “These BUILD grants will allow Erie and Butler to upgrade the Bayfront Parkway and State Route 228 respectively, bringing jobs and economic growth to our region. Thank you to Secretary Chao and President Trump for helping us rebuild our infrastructure for the 21st century economy.”

“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.