Tyrone streetscape receives state grant

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The state has awarded a $750,000 grant to Blair County to use toward the second phase of Tyrone’s streetscape project.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development offered the money through the competitive portion of its Community Development Block Grant program.

Trina Illig, Blair County’s CDBG grant coordinator, pursued the grant with the help from Tyrone Borough officials. In May, the borough initiated the first phase of the streetscape project, on Logan Avenue from Alley J to 11th Street, by awarding an $805,000 contract to Gordon L. Delozier Inc. of Hollidaysburg for replacement of sidewalks and curbs and repainting street lights.

The $750,000 grant toward the second phase of the $2.26 million streetscape project will be spent on improving the portion of Logan Avenue from Herald Street to the alley beyond 15th Street and includes 11th, 12th and 13th streets from Pennsylvania to Washington avenues. The grant will also help pay for improvements on 15th Street from Pennsylvania to Logan avenues.

Blair County commissioners, who announced the awarding of the grant, commended Illig and Tyrone leaders for their coordination to secure the money.

“The successful award of this competitive grant to complete Tyrone’s streetscape project is a shining example of government working together at all levels to make our local communities better,” Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said.