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Transportation and Infrastructure Member Designated Project Requests

Rep. Cartwright's funding requests for important community projects in Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are listed on this page.

Under guidelines issued by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, each Representative may request funding for projects in their community to be included in forthcoming infrastructure legislation.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Cartwright has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Rep. Cartwright has submitted the following requests:

State Route 115 Corridor Improvements
Location: Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County
Funding Request: $4,000,000
Project Sponsor: Northeast Pennsylvania MPO (NEPA Alliance)
Description: Making safety improvements along State Route 115 in the vicinity of Astolat Road to Sugar Hollow Road, including widening shoulders, adding left turn lanes and improving sight distance. The project is south of Pocono Raceway, and this project is also expected to ease special event traffic on State Route 115.

State Route 590 Resurfacing Project
Location: Lackawaxen Township, Pike County
Funding Request: $2,400,000
Project Sponsor: Northeast Pennsylvania MPO (NEPA Alliance)
Description: This stretch of road is experiencing pavement failures such as cracking, potholes, depressions, rutting and raveling. If the surface is not repaired, a more costly full depth replacement will be needed at a later time. The proposed project will improve pavement deficiencies and provide a smoother riding surface, therefore decreasing the cost to the taxpayers of ongoing roadway maintenance.

Bridge Replacement on State Route 590 over Ariel Creek
Location: Salem Township, Wayne County
Funding Request: $560,000
Project Sponsor: Wayne County, PA
Description: The existing structure was constructed in 1932, has a poor rating and needs to be replaced.  According to recent inspections, deterioration is significantly affecting primary structural components and its condition is serious. The replacement structure will provide safe and efficient access across the creek with a structure that meets current design standards and can carry current legal loads.

Bridge Replacement on State Route 590 over Inlet to Finn Swamp
Location: Paupack Township, Wayne County
Funding Request: $432,000
Project Sponsor: Wayne County, PA
Description: The existing structure was constructed in 1963 and is deteriorating, has a poor rating and needs to be replaced. According to recent inspections, deterioration is significantly affecting primary structural components and its condition is serious. The replacement structure will provide safe and efficient access across the stream with a structure that meets current design standards and can carry current legal loads.

State Route 652 Resurfacing Project
Location: Berlin Township, Wayne County
Funding Request: $1,008,000
Project Sponsor: Wayne County, PA
Description: This stretch of road is experiencing pavement failures such as cracking, potholes, depressions, rutting and raveling. If the surface is not repaired, a more costly full depth replacement will be needed at a later time. The proposed project will improve pavement deficiencies and provide a smoother riding surface, therefore decreasing the cost to the taxpayers of ongoing roadway maintenance.

Blakely Borough Main Street Corridor Improvement Project
Location: Blakely Borough, Lackawanna County
Funding Request: $1,497,416.75
Project Sponsor: Lackawanna County, PA
Description: Full-depth restoration of nearly a half-mile of roadway to remove the original brick that is causing the roadway to deform due to inadequate subsurface support and milling and repaving over another mile of roadway that is severely cracked and potholed. In addition, stormwater drainage issues will be addressed and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will be constructed where needed.

Crestwood Drive Resurfacing Project
Location: Wright Township, Luzerne County
Funding Request: $1,200,000
Project Sponsor: Luzerne County, PA
Description: Resurfacing of 1.72 miles of Crestwood Drive in Wright Township from State Route 309 to State Route 437 where there are numerous pavement cracks, especially in the wheel locations due to the industrial park’s truck traffic. New signing and pavement markings will also be installed to enhance driver’s safety. This project will enhance safety along this corridor and promote commerce as this is the main access road for the Crestwood Industrial Park.

Hazleton Bus and Bus Infrastructure
Location: 126 West Mine Street; Hazleton, PA 18201
Funding Request: $1,500,000
Project Sponsor: Lackawanna/Luzerne Transportation Study MPO
Description: Replacement of two diesel buses with two compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and to purchase land and create a park & ride lot. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars and will be beneficial because (1) the new buses will give Hazleton Public Transit (HPT) passengers a more comfortable and up-to-date public transportation experience while benefiting the environment, and (2) the park & ride lot will supplement the very limited parking currently available to HPT and intercity bus customers, which will increase ridership, reduce traffic congestion and benefit the environment.

Lower Demunds Road Resurfacing Project
Location: Dallas Township, Luzerne County
Funding Request: $1,200,000
Project Sponsor: Luzerne County, PA
Description: Resurfacing of 1.96 miles of Lower Demunds Road in Dallas Township from State Route 1014 to State Route 1044 where there are numerous pavement cracks. New signing and pavement marking will be installed to enhance driver’s safety.

County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) Transit Facility
Location: 800 North South Road; Scranton, PA 18504
Funding Request: $5,000,000
Project Sponsor: Count of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS)
Description: Funding is designated for the renovation of COLTS’ Administration building, the last major renovation of which occurred more than 35 years ago. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars and will be beneficial because the facility has experienced significant wear and tear and an overhaul is much needed to promote efficient operations. The project design also places the maintenance area away from the administrative section of the building, which is a necessary safety alteration to the complex.

Sleepy Hollow Road Bridge Replacement
Location: Butler Township, Luzerne County
Funding Request: $1,200,000
Project Sponsor: Lackawanna County, PA
Description: This project is to replace a single span bridge over Nescopeck Creek.  The current bridge is posted for 10 tons and limits accessibility between St. John’s Road and SR 309. The replacement bridge will have no load postings and permit two lanes of traffic. In addition to the new bridge, the approach roadway paving, guiderail, and signing will be included. This project will improve safety and promote connectivity between State Route 309 and St. John’s Road.