Dec. 19, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jill Cooper (R-Westmoreland) today announced the award of funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to a number of area projects.

“Local officials work hard to handle taxpayer funds responsibly while still prioritizing infrastructure projects that improve the lives of area residents,” said Cooper. “Investments like these by the CFA provide an important helping hand to make these projects a reality.”

Announced in conjunction with Sen. Joe Pittman (R-Westmoreland/Indiana), among the projects are two $500,000 grants to the New Kensington City Municipal Authority to replace waterlines along 7th Street, Beamer Avenue, Fairmont Drive, Dugan Way and Willis Road.

The Municipal Authority of Washington Township was awarded $571,333 for stormwater improvements in the Paulton area. An additional $40,630 was awarded to the same authority to improve manholes in Washington Acres.

To prioritize a sewer line replacement project along Buchanan Street in Export Borough, Cooper worked cooperatively with Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) to secure a $191,173 grant.

Established in 2004, the CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. It distributes funding through several programs dedicated to economic growth.

The grants awarded for these projects are funded through Pennsylvania’s H20 PA and Small Water and Sewer programs. In 2022, more than $300 million in federal funds were directed to the programs by the General Assembly through Act 54 of 2022.

“Repair and expansion of waterlines and stormwater facilities are costly, but vital to economic development and the overall quality of life in any community,” said Cooper. “But local budgets are often stretched thin. This funding will provide a significant boost without impacting local taxes and water and sewage rates.”

Within the 55th Legislative District, additional grants were awarded to:

• Derry Township - $424,563, in cooperation with Pittman and Rep. Leslie Rossi (R-Westmoreland), to extend a water line on Guthrie Road.
• Derry Township Municipal Authority - $208,522, in cooperation with Pittman and Rossi, to improve a sewage system near Keystone State Park.
• Export Borough - $173,000, in cooperation with Ward, to replace pipes and add manholes on Italy Street.
• Municipality of Murrysville - $181,007, in cooperation with Ward, to rehabilitate detention basins.
• Salem Township - $250,000, in cooperation with Ward, to expand an existing stormwater system in the Cramer neighborhood.

Representative Jill Cooper
55th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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