Our Share

There’ll be a little more money in the kitty for local transportation-related projects this year.

Thanks in part to the recently passed transportation bill, Pennsylvania plans to distribute $25.1 million more in liquid fuels funds to municipalities this year.

The approximately $345 million to be distributed March 3 represents an increase over last year’s allocation of about eight percent.

In Warren County, $2,007,945 is set to be distributed, $143,682 more than the $1,864,263 allocated in 2013.

Liquid fuels money is comprised of a percentage of the state’s liquid fuels and oil franchise taxes, and a portion of funds allocated for roads and bridges under the state transportation plan.

Liquid fuels funds are allocated to municipalities and counties to pay for transportation-related expenses, such as maintaining local-level roads and bridges. Allocations are determined based on number of miles of roadway in a municipality and population. Fifty percent of the allocation is based on each of those factors.

Following passage of the state transportation bill in November, liquid fuels distributions are set to increase by approximately $220 million over the next five years.

Municipally-owned roads constitute 77,889 of Pennsylvania’s 119,847 miles of public roads.

“This investment helps our towns meet the tough challenge of maintaining municipality-owned roads and bridges,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a Feb. 6 press release on the announcement.

Municipal allocations in Warren County, and increases from last year, include:

City of Warren – $215,462, an increase of $15,521;

Bear Lake Borough – $5,257, an increase of $377;

Clarendon Borough – $10,202, an increase of $735;

Sugar Grove Borough – $13,912, an increase of $1,002;

Tidioute Borough – $18,994, an increase of $1,365;

Youngsville Borough – $41,984, an increase of $3,021;

Brokenstraw Township – $113,591, an increase of $8,119;

Cherry Grove Township – $10,446, an increase of $747;

Columbus Township – $146,796, an increase of $10,484;

Conewango Township – $130,109, an increase of $9,328;

Deerfield Township – $52,027, an increase of $3,708;

Eldred Township – $90,927, an increase of $6,482;

Elk Township – $44,366, an increase of $3,167;

Farmington Township – $121,948, an increase of $8,701;

Freehold Township – $112,453, an increase of $8,030;

Glade Township – $74,598, an increase of $5,353;

Limestone Township – $29,312, an increase of $2,093;

Mead Township – $48,701, an increase of $3,492;

Pine Grove Township – $102,668, an increase of $7,358;

Pittsfield Township – $86,270, an increase of $6,165;

Pleasant Township – $66,396, an increase of $4,772;

Sheffield Township – $60,616, an increase of $4,354;

Southwest Township – $77,125, an increase of $5,498;

Spring Creek Township – $125,150, an increase of $8,921;

Sugar Grove Township – $136,486, an increase of $9,744;

Triumph Township – $64,174, an increase of $4,572;

Watson Township – $7,972, an increase of $573.