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Grants approved to upgrade Allentown pedestrian safety

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants to the city of Allentown Tuesday for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation program.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant will be used to create a one-mile paved multi-use trail that will extend from Allentown's Central Park to the Lehigh Parkway. This will construct a link between the city and regional trail networks. The funding is to be used to develop a master design for the trail and conduct an environmental assessment.

Allentown will also receive $250,000 for its center city street lights project. Its intention is to create a 'safe and walkable' community. Another $250,000 will be used to improve street lighting along American Parkway between Gordon Street and Airport Road. Currently, no lighting exists between those two roads. 

"I am pleased to work with Reps. Schweyer and Schlossberg to advocate for and secure funds to help defer some of these expensive costs municipalities have with critical infrastructure improvement projects," Senate Majority Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne said. "Projects such as these three are important to creating a healthy, safe and high quality of life standards here in Allentown." 

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