$50,000 Grant Awarded to Complete Mon Valley Coal and Steel Heritage Trail Feasibility Study
11/16/2017
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$50,000 Grant Awarded to Complete Mon Valley Coal and Steel Heritage Trail Feasibility Study


On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved a $50,000 grant to complete the Monongahela Valley Corridor Multimodal Feasibility Study.

Donora Borough will complete the study to lay the groundwork for the 53-mile Mon Valley Coal and Steel Heritage Trail©. The study will plan 28 miles of Rail to Trail from Marianna to Monongahela; and then to Donora with another 25 miles of bike lane along Route 88 from Donora to the Green River Trail near Frederickstown.

Due to the void of adequate distance recreational opportunities provided by the trail systems, the study will also include two master site development studies of the trailheads at the Cokeburg Dam Recreational Area and Donora. The total project cost is $100,000.

Moving forward, we must continue to invest in our creeks, streams, rivers and abandoned rail lines to fully maximize the potential of outdoor recreation to create family-sustaining jobs, support healthy communities and foster a higher quality of life throughout the Mon Valley.

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Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum

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Our next Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, 320 Railroad Ave., Stockdale, PA 15483, beginning at 6 p.m.

We covered addiction treatment during our October meeting. This time around, we will be focusing on the subject of prosecution.

We’ll be talking with district attorneys, sheriffs, local EMTs and others on the front lines about which laws need to be updated and enforced to keep people from illegally acquiring opioids; what needs to be done to keep drug peddlers off our streets; and, finally, what needs to happen at the legislative level to give our emergency responders and law enforcement the tools they need to combat this terrible epidemic.

We strongly encourage anyone who has been impacted by the opioid epidemic to attend this very important community forum.

Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.
                  
         
New Travel Tool Helps with Winter Preparedness

This winter, Pennsylvania motorists can check online to see when a state-maintained roadway was last plowed. The information will be posted on the “plow trucks” section of www.511pa.com. PennDOT operates 2,200 plow trucks each winter.

More information about PennDOT’s winter services and winter-driving resources are available at www.penndot.gov/winter. The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.

PennDOT is responsible for maintaining 40,000 miles of roadways, which translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles, enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. In doing so, the department deploys about 4,800 on-the-road workers, has more than 652,000 tons of salt on hand across the state and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter.
                  
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