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Helm Announces State Grant for Trail Project in Susquehanna Township
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon) today announced the awarding of a state grant to Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, which will help fund a recreational trail project. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at a meeting in Harrisburg.

Susquehanna Township will receive a $29,416 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for the planning and design of trails in the Logan Farm Park tract, a 59-acre site of undisturbed land. The total project cost is $32,960.

“Hiking trails are growing in popularity because they offer an opportunity to exercise while enjoying the natural surroundings,” said Helm. “I am pleased the funding was approved so the township can move forward with plans to provide another recreational option and further enhance the quality of life for its residents.”

The CFA funding was generated through impact fees paid by drilling companies in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region to be used for statewide initiatives, including abandoned mine drainage abatement; abandoned well plugging; sewage treatment; greenways, trails and recreation; baseline water quality data; watershed restoration; and flood control.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

The grant comes just 10 days after word that Susquehanna Township will receive an additional $368,570 Multimodal Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the Union Deposit Road Sidewalk Extension Project. That project had already received a $300,000 Multimodal Fund grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The combined total of $668,570 in state funds will be matched with local funds to make the Union Deposit Road Sidewalk project a reality. Helm lobbied personally for the sidewalk project with the PennDOT secretary, DCED secretary and House Transportation Committee chairman.

“This project has both safety and economic implications,” said Helm. “The sidewalk will remove pedestrians from the travel lanes of Union Deposit Road, and join two shopping centers with major residential areas of Susquehanna Township.”

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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