UNIONTOWN – To enhance an existing walking trail in the Fayette Business Park in Georges Township, Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) advocated for a $168,807 grant that was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today. The planned improvements to the existing walking trail will increase public safety by removing pedestrians from the busy roads throughout the industrial park.
“The improved trail will promote safe and healthy recreation opportunities for the estimated 1,500 business park employees, more than 15 businesses of the Fayette Business Park and residents of all ages in the township,” Dowling said. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Georges Township supervisors to bring this money home for the safety of so many people.”
The walking trail, which is approximately two miles long, will be paved and street/driveway crossings will be painted to make it safer and more easily accessible. Benches will be added to the trail to enhance the aesthetics of the park, as well as to provide comfort to workers who use the trail on their lunch break.
Since the original trail was placed in the park in 2010, steady growth and truck traffic has increased significantly. The original trail construction included crushed stone, which has been reduced to dirt and an uneven walking surface – causing walkers to use the adjacent roadways that are full of vehicular traffic.
Georges Township will be responsible for just 15% of the total project cost – an estimated $29,790.
The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
Representative Matt Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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