County gets $1.86 million in liquid fuels funding

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN – Clinton County is getting $1.86 million in 2018 liquid fuels payments through the Pennsylvania Departmentof Transportation to maintain local roads and bridges.

State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, made the announcement Tuesday.

Hanna said a total of nearly $489 million ($22.8 million, or 4.9 percent over 2017), was distributed throughout the state.

“These municipal liquid fuel allocations are major investments in our local transportation infrastructure,” Hanna said.

In Centre County, $1.31 million is going to municipalities in Hanna’s 76th legislative district, he said.

“It is so important that we work to preserve and improve our roads throughout the commonwealth,” Hanna said. “I am happy to support this initiative and grateful to see this funding be used to improve construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair of our public roads throughout Clinton and Centre counties.”

Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments made on March 1 to municipalities to help pay for expenses such as snow removal and road repaving.

There are 120,091 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 72,933 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally owned roads. Municipalities must submit reports on their use of the previous year’s allocations and other information to the commonwealth to be eligible to receive liquid fuels payments.

To be counted as eligible for liquid fuels money, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements, and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.

For the complete list of local payments, visit the “Municipal Liquid Fuels Program” page at www.penndot.gov under the “Doing Business” Local Government page.

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