Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Monaca Gateway Project in Beaver County, Improving Traffic Flow and Community Safety
August 14, 2018
Monaca, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by local leaders and state officials to announce the approval of crucial new funding for infrastructure improvements in Monaca, Beaver County, that will enhance traffic flow in the area and to the nearby Shell cracker plant site currently under construction.
“The Shell cracker plant represents a truly transformative project for this region, creating more than 600 new jobs – but with that growth comes the need for infrastructure improvements to support it,” Governor Wolf said. “This crucial infrastructure project won’t just make life easier and safer for Monaca residents and businesses, it will enable the true economic growth potential of the Shell cracker plant and other projects in the region.”
Monaca Borough was approved for a $3 million grant for the Monaca Gateway Initiative project that will help fund improvements to approximately 6,200 feet of State Route 18 and the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of State Route 18 and State Route 51. Currently, the roads in Monaca are not designed for the heavy flow of industrial traffic, face deteriorating conditions, and become frequently bottlenecked. The improvements to this transportation corridor will enhance traffic flow and support an increased level of service to the Shell cracker plant that will create 600 new, permanent jobs in the region. It will also create a gateway to downtown Monaca.
“As progress in our region continues to grow with the building of the Shell cracker plant and major infrastructure changes, I believe that the improvement of Monaca’s Gateway corridor will continue to help this process by making it a safer and more viable route for our community and industry,” said Monaca Mayor Simon Short. “I personally can’t thank Governor Wolf and Secretary Davin enough for recognizing our issues.”
“Economic development and infrastructure are inherently tied together, making a project like this one a truly vital piece of the economic development puzzle for Beaver County,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “We will continue to work with Monaca and other municipalities in the region to ensure they have the resources necessary to grow and thrive.”
Funding for the project was provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) program. The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with DCED and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
“We are delighted to join with Monaca Borough to enhance its quality of life with these transportation improvements that benefit a cross section of the community – businesses, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians,’’ said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This embodies what I have pushed for statewide as part of my PennDOT Connects initiatives – projects that from the very beginning of planning reflect broad input from diverse segments of society.”