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Thompson Announces $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for Road Improvements at Penn Highlands DuBois Behavioral Health Center

May 13, 2019
Press Release
Appalachian Regional Commission grant will construct an expanded entrance to provide improved access for those seeking services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced $1.2 million in federal funding that will construct 2,087 feet of new access roads to the upgraded Penn Highlands DuBois East Behavioral Health campus.  

Rep. Thompson made the announcement on the first day of Infrastructure Week.

The project is made possible thanks to a $1,227,895 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). These improvements coincide with a hospital expansion project that will create 110 new jobs, add 82 new beds, and address various regional medical issues such as the ever-growing opioid crisis.

“This ARC grant is doing exactly what its intended to do: support rural communities and ensure residents have reliable access to medical care,” Rep. Thompson said. “This is tremendous news for DuBois and Penn Highlands. I am happy to see the positive contribution this project will have on delivering high-quality care to the community.”

The project was a collaborative effort between the City of DuBois, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Penn Highlands Healthcare, and local emergency medical services and drug treatment centers.

"The Appalachian Regional Commission funding of the access road improvements to the City of DuBois and Penn Highlands new Behavioral Health Hospital represents a critical infrastructure investment toward an important regional project serving a multi-county area,” said Bob Rusiewski of North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. “The local $22 million investment by Penn Highlands and the grant by ARC illustrate the local-state-federal partnership that makes projects like this possible."

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Penn Highlands Behavioral Health Expansion Entrance Project consists of the reconstruction and expansion of existing roadways that includes 1,562 feet on Sunflower Drive, 175 feet on Griesemer Street, 175 feet on Sixth Street, and 175 feet on Geranium Alley.

With the expansion of the health center facilities, PennDOT estimates 870 to 1,286 trips per day in and out of the area. These improvements will produce a much-needed traffic calming effect and will allow for pedestrian access from the public transit stop and the state access road.

The center’s entrance expansion is one phase of their master facilities plan coordinating construction and renovation to multiple areas and focusing specifically on eight projects across the Penn Highlands Healthcare system to deliver higher quality care to the community.

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.