Keystone College has received a $1.2 million Multimodal Transportation Fund Investment grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for major improvements to its campus entrance and for new street lighting, landscaping, and sidewalks along College Avenue in the front of campus.
The project is one of 86 projects in 35 counties made possible by the recently enacted Act 89 which provides $84 million in increased state funding for transportation and safety projects statewide.
The Keystone College project includes realigning the main entrance to campus as it connects to State Highway 6 and 11, a major thoroughfare which runs adjacent to the college. The road entering campus from State Highway 6 and 11 will be reconstructed with roundabouts at two locations along College Avenue at Edwards Lane and Regina Way. The new construction will facilitate traffic flow and improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. A traffic light at the entrance to campus had already been planned as part of current improvements being made to State Highway 6 and 11.
In addition, preliminary design plans include improvements to College Avenue with a central median island, curbs, and streetscape improvements, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks and crosswalks. Work on the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2015 and be completed by late December of 2015.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for traffic and streetscape improvements at the entrance to campus and along College Avenue,” said Keystone College President Dr. David L. Coppola. “This much-needed addition will improve safety for Keystone students and visitors and add to the aesthetic beauty of our scenic campus. We extend our most sincere thanks to all those who worked to make this grant possible.”
Act 89 increases transit funding and establishes dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, and other transportation projects statewide. The grant process was competitive and selections were based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.