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$5 million federal grant will aid Carlisle revitalization

Money to be used for road upgrades

The Borough of Carlisle has been awarded $5 million in federal funding to support road upgrades as part of ongoing brownfield revitalization efforts.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey this afternoon announced the borough’s successful receipt of the the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant funds.

According to Casey’s office, the grant will “provide support for the ‘Carlisle Connectivity Transportation Initiative,’ which would revitalize underserved neighborhoods in the borough by transforming deteriorating transportation infrastructure and turn a distressed brownfield area into a sustainable jobs center.”

The grant also will provide funding to fix dangerous and failing intersections and construct streets, Casey’s office said.

Borough Manager Matt Candland said the work will include:

• Widening and expanding the intersection of Carlisle Road Springs Road and Route 11.

• Enlarging and improving Fairground Avenue, as well as A Street, B Street and C Street.

Design work on the improvements is about 60 percent complete, Candland said.

The transportation projects are part of Carlisle’s overall brownfield redevelopment plan for former industrial sites.

Casey, who supported the project, advocated on its behalf with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

“This award is critical to the Borough of Carlisle’s economy,” Casey said.

“The ‘Carlisle Connectivity’ initiative will create jobs and make important improvements to the region’s infrastructure that are long overdue. I’ll continue to support efforts to ensure we’re investing in and improving community development here and across Pennsylvania,” he added.

Roger DuPuis
Roger DuPuis covers Cumberland County, health care, transportation, distribution, energy and environment. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at rdupuis@cpbj.com.

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