Thompson Announces $500,000 Grant for Lewis Run Main Street Project

Jul 10, 2017

Infrastructure upgrades to help accommodate heavy truck traffic

BELLEFONTE, Pa. U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a $500,000 federal grant for the Lewis Run Main Street project, which will strengthen the existing infrastructure and accommodate additional heavy truck traffic.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Lewis Run Borough. The application was prepared by North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and McKean County Economic Development.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Lewis Run Main Street project will focus on improving the road, installing new sidewalks, rehabilitating the drainage structure and replacing the storm sewer on Main Street in the Lewis Run Borough. The project area covers Main Street from the bridge over the E. Branch of Tuna Creek to Hanley Street as well as the area between Hanley and High streets.

The project aims to strengthen existing infrastructure to accommodate additional heavy truck traffic related to the Keystone Powdered Metals plan expansion. The proposed expansion includes the construction of a more than 20,000 square-foot facility on the Keystone Powdered Metals property. Expanding manufacturing will bring increased traffic to Main Street, which is the main thoroughfare in and out of the borough.

Rep. Thompson said, “This is excellent news for economic development in McKean County and specifically in Lewis Run. Expansion also brings opportunity, and Keystone Powdered Metals plans to create 28 new jobs through this development. I am pleased that the Appalachian Regional Commission awarded this grant, which will help support this growing industry in Lewis Run. Congratulations to everyone involved with this project.”

Director of McKean County Economic Development Sherri Geary said, “The $500,000 ARC funding is a great opportunity for the Lewis Run Borough and the county. Funding will be used to complete the necessary road improvements to accommodate the additional truck traffic resulting from the recent Keystone Powdered Metals plant expansion. It also represents the last phase in improvements to Main Street. Ongoing infrastructure investment is a key strategy under the county’s comprehensive plan and positively affects economic growth and business expansion in the county and region. We sincerely appreciate the support of Congressman Thompson regarding this project and his continued effort to support economic development in McKean County.”

McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane said, “McKean County is pleased to be awarded the grant funding to help make improvements in the Lewis Run community, which will benefit economic development in the borough.”

McKean County Commissioner Carol Duffy said, “This funding is very beneficial to rural Pennsylvania. There has been some discussion of ARC funding not being available in the future and we in rural Pennsylvania really count on that to help with our infrastructure projects.  We are grateful for the funding and find it’s essential for us to be able to assist local economic development.”

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.

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