Barletta Announces $5 Million Infrastructure Grant for Carlisle
CARLISLE – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the award of a $5 million federal grant to the Borough of Carlisle for use in the completion of streets, intersection restoration, and improvements like pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The grant from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) construction program will also cover transit facility upgrades, green infrastructure, and streetscaping. Barletta had sent a letter to DOT in support of the grant application submitted by Carlisle.
“This is great news for the community of Carlisle, as this means new funds for much-needed infrastructure improvements,” Barletta said. “As a former mayor of my hometown of Hazleton, I know how much a grant like this can mean to a locality. We all pay federal taxes, so it’s very nice to see some of that money return home.”
In support of Carlisle’s grant application for the TIGER grant, to be used for the Carlisle Connectivity project, Barletta wrote to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in a letter dated April 26, 2016.
“The Carlisle Connectivity project seeks to revitalize struggling neighborhoods in Cumberland County through the construction of both commercial and private structures,” Barletta wrote. “This area has faced many recent economic challenges, including the closure of three major factories and the deterioration of transportation infrastructure.”
Drawing on his experience in local government and his position on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Barletta argued that the grant would benefit the Carlisle area in a number of ways.
“As the former mayor of Hazleton, I understand that many qualified grant applications are submitted for this program. However, I believe this is a competitive project that deserves to be selected,” Barletta wrote to Sec. Foxx. “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I recognize the importance of improving Carlisle’s community infrastructure, and believe that this project will reconnect individuals and families in the area with new jobs, retail opportunities, and public transportation.”
Borough of Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott, who secured the TIGER grant on this, his third attempt, was pleased with the announcement.
“I'd like to thank my congressman and his staff for their help and steadfast support of our efforts,” Mayor Scott said. “Congressman Barletta is a former mayor and understands the challenges our older, core communities face to have enough resources to make a difference for our residents. This grant will allow us to move forward on plans for the folks in our northwest quadrant and improve the quality of life there for generations to come.”