The federal government will be contributing a large amount of money toward a project to improve a busy southern Butler County highway.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $20 million to Butler County to improve the capacity and safety of Route 228. The road will be realigned and expanded in Middlesex Township, between Route 8 and Quality Gardens.
Butler County Commissioner Leslie Osche says this project will not just benefit those living and working in the area, but all county residents, because of the large about of freight travel- $27 billion– across Rt. 228.
“That’s important to all of our companies here in Butler County,” Osche said Thursday.
The funding is available through the BUILD Grant (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development), and the county had applied to receive $24 million. The additional funds will come from four entities, including PennDOT, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and Cranberry Township.
“This is the way we are supposed to function– local, state and federal people coming together for something that just makes sense,” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly said during a news conference Thursday.
According to Kelly, Route 228 has a crash rate three times the state average, and 6,000 students from eight schools are transported on the highway each school day.