Dinniman, Lawrence Announce More than $275,000 for Penn Township Intersection Improvements
HARRISBURG (July 1) – State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Representative John Lawrence today joined in announcing more than $275,000 in state funding for Penn Township to improve the intersection of Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike at the site of the former Red Rose Inn.
“This is a great example state legislators and local leaders coming together to work in a bipartisan matter for the betterment of the community,” Dinniman said. “Penn Township and the surrounding area have changed considerably over time, but one of the things that that has not changed is this intersection. I want to thank both Rep. Lawrence and Curtis Mason, Chair of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors, for working secure the funding necessary to upgrade this intersection and bring it up to date.”
"The Old Baltimore Pike / Route 796 intersection realignment is a critical infrastructure project for both Penn Township and the surrounding community," state Rep. John Lawrence said. "For more than a year, Senator Dinniman and I have been working closely with Chairman Curtis Mason and a group of local stakeholders to bring this project to fruition. Today's $276,409 grant announcement brings us one step closer to making much-needed improvements to this key intersection."
The Commonwealth Finance Authority officially approved $276,406 in state funding for the project under the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.
“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors of Penn Township and our township residents, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Board of the Commonwealth Finance Authority for awarding us this MultiModal Grant for the much-needed and long-awaited Route 796/Baltimore Pike intersection upgrade,” Mason said. “I would especially like to recognize and thank our state Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. John Lawrence for their steadfast support and tireless advocacy for Penn Township which made this grant award a reality. Their continued efforts and this award are critical investments dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our Penn Township residents, businesses, and all who travel and work within our borders.”
Penn Township will use the funds will be used to improve and realign the intersection to add an additional turning lane. The township already purchased the site of the inn and modified the non-historic addition on the northwestern corner to make way for the realignment of Route 796. The project aims to improve traffic flow and safety, as vehicles can currently back up all the way to the Route 1 southbound off-ramp, especially during peak hours. In addition, the improved intersection will stimulate the economy by allowing easier access to the shops at Jenner’s Village and open up access to additional nearby sites for potential commercial development.
The Multimodal Transportation Fund is funded by Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan.
For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at 610-692-2112.
SENATOR ANDREW E. DINNIMAN
CONTACT: ADAM CIRUCCI