In this update:
How Can We Fix More Roads and Bridges?
From left to right: PA State Rep. Dane Watro, PA State Rep. JoAnne Stehr, PA State Rep. Tim Twardzik, Secretary Mike Carroll, me, PA State Rep. Jamie Barton, Congressman Dan Meuser
The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce hosted Secretary Mike Carroll of PennDOT for a discussion about what we can do to fix more of our roads and bridges, especially Route 61 from Frackville to St. Clair.
The project is now moving forward, after many delays. Without the help of Congressman Dan Meuser, who worked to secure $21 million in federal grants to match the state investment which our State Representatives and I have obtained for this highway, it would be even further behind!
We also discussed a bill I supported to find more funding to fix our roads and bridges by reducing transfers to the Pennsylvania State Police from the Motor License Fund.
State Grants to Repair Bridge, Repave Roads, Improve Snow Clearing in Bear Creek Township
I joined Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) in Bear Creek Village this week to celebrate three highly competitive state grants for important projects in the area.
Bear Creek Township was awarded $165,936 for two new trucks to improve the township’s efforts to clear away snow.
Bear Creek Township was also awarded $100,000 to reconstruct and repave the roads and improve the stormwater management of the Forest Park development. The project will upgrade Parkway Road, Woodland Road, Forest Road, Crescent Road and Sylvan Road.
Bear Creek Village Borough was awarded $225,000 to replace a damaged bridge along Beaupland Road that crosses Sand Spring Run.
Wednesday: Senior Citizens Expo in Lehighton
Mark your calendars: Rep. Doyle Heffley and I will be hosting a Senior Citizens Expo on September 6th. If you need assistance or information from local, county, or state agencies, stop by! Similar events will also be held in Schuylkill County and Luzerne County…. stay tuned!
Moving Up the 2024 Presidential Primary
The Senate State Government Committee passed my bill to move up the date of Pennsylvania’s Presidential primary election this week.
I introduced this bill to give Pennsylvania voters a greater say in selecting the President. As the fifth largest state in the country, we should have a stronger role in this election. In most Presidential elections, the outcome is largely decided before our voters have a chance to cast their vote.
Read more here.
Dedicating Staudenmeier Station at the Pioneer Tunnel
Over 100 people gathered at Ashland’s Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train this week to dedicate the Staudenmeier Station in memory of Schuylkill County Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier, an outstanding member of the community and a good friend.
I know how much the Pioneer Tunnel meant to him. He understood clearly the importance of coal region history to our community. I’m thankful his memory will be honored here for decades to come.
Pioneer Tunnel is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They offer tours of the mine, rides on one of the “lokies” that used to haul coal cars, and exhibits featuring coal mining artifacts. Come and see how our ancestors toiled here to begin the Industrial Revolution!
Sunday: Coal Miners Heritage Festival in Lansford
Don’t miss the Coal Miners Heritage Festival at the No.9 Coal Mine & Museum on Sunday! Learn more about the event here.
Avoid Holiday Traffic With 511PA
You can log onto www.511pa.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to live traffic cameras across Pennsylvania. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.
511PA is also available through a smartphone app, by calling 5-1-1 or by following regional Twitter (X) alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s website.
Happy Labor Day
I hope you have a great holiday weekend and relaxing Labor Day.
I’m working with my colleagues to improve opportunities for workers and the families they support. Too many Pennsylvania citizens are fleeing the state for better jobs in other parts of the country.
To reverse this troubling trend, the budget bill passed by the Senate and signed into law continues to improve our tax structure to create jobs, prioritize workforce development and support career and technical education. I’ll keep you updated on our efforts throughout the year.
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