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Since 1991, Kanjorski Worked to Secure About $68.9 Million

in Federal Funding for Project

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11) participated in the groundbreaking for the third and final phase of the Marshall’s Creek Traffic Relief Project.  Since the project first began in 1991, Congressman Kanjorski and the Senators have worked to secure about $68.9 million in federal funding to help ensure that the project is completed.  This amounts to over 75 percent of the total cost of the project.  Congressman Kanjorski was also involved in many of the negotiations for the project throughout the years, and consistently worked to ensure its completion.

“Former State Representative Joe Battisto envisioned and initiated the Marshall’s Creek Traffic Relief Project.  While it was once just his dream, I and many others, including Joe, have worked for many years on this project to now make it a reality,” said Congressman Kanjorski.  “Residents around Marshall’s Creek voiced their opinions about the need for this project, highlighting exactly how our democratic process should work.  As a result, this is a project that I have now worked on for years, and with the help of the Senators, we were able to secure about $68.9 million in federal funding which helped make this project possible.  This project has been altered significantly throughout the construction process and I am pleased that the final stage is now underway to help the residents of the Village of Marshalls Creek, and Smithfield and Middle Smithfield Townships.  Once completed, the project will greatly improve traffic congestion in the area and ensure safer roads for drivers. I greatly look forward to its completion.”

Included in the $68.9 million in federal funding is $20 million for the project which was allocated indirectly as a result of the Recovery Act, which Congressman Kanjorski strongly supported.  The Recovery Act funded other projects locally, which then made other traditional funding available for the Marshall’s Creek Traffic Relief Project.  Without the Recovery Act funding, the traditional federal funding would have likely been allocated to other projects.

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