Apr. 17, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, (R-Bedford/Cambria/Clearfield) today announced that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, known as PENNVEST, has approved two projects set to take place within the City of Johnstown.

Johnstown has received a $5.2 million grant to install 4,500 feet of sanitary sewer lateral piping and 2,465 feet of pipe to connect to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority interceptor system.

The City of Johnstown Redevelopment Authority has received an $11.1 loan at a 1% interest rate for a term of 240 months. The project will install 6,400 feet of gravity sewer, 275 feet of sewer installed by boring; 1,750 feet of sewer line rehabilitation and 6,000 feet of interceptor sewers to be cleaned in order continue to accept flows from Lower Yoder Township, Westmont Borough and the City of Johnstown.

The overall objective of these projects is to reduce wet weather overflows of raw sewage into Little Conemaugh River and to help satisfy the Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the Department of Environmental Protection.

“I am thrilled to see these funds allocated to Johnstown,” said Rigby. “These improvements are much needed and will undoubtedly ease the burden on the city’s infrastructure, as well as help Johnstown become COA compliant.”

“This funding is crucial to addressing water quality issues that threaten the Little Conemaugh River and bringing the sewer system into compliance with state standards,” added Langerholc. “I’m pleased that residents of Johnstown will benefit from this important state funding, which will help to protect our environment and ensure public safety.”

PENNVEST funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.

Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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