The project will include replacing the Main Street Bridge that spans Route 33. Chrin Companies will host a groundbreaking for the project at Porsche Logistics in Palmer Township at 10 a.m. tomorrow near the proposed interchange.
The work will help accommodate the 12-year planned development of the land around the interchange for industrial, commercial, distribution and office space and will provide direct access to over 800 acres of property that could be developed.
The funds were approved Jan. 29 at the Commonwealth Financing Authority according to state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton, Monroe). She said the money was made available through the allocation of gaming funds for community and economic development projects.
The authority also received $440,000 for infrastructure work at the Lower Nazareth Commercial Park.
Boscola said they are constructing new municipal water and sewer lines to better accommodate businesses at the 17-acre office park.
She added that the project also includes new roadways, sidewalks and curbing to develop an additional 25 acres.
Also, the Monroe Industrial Development Authority will receive a $600,000 state grant to complete a 5,680-foot natural gas line extension that will help Vigon International reduce its energy costs at is manufacturing and distribution facilities in Smithfield Township.
The savings are expected to enable Vigon to hire up to six more workers and will also pave the way for additional users in the area.
"Apart from the gaming funds distributed for property tax relief, these gaming proceeds help fund community improvement and economic development efforts that create jobs and stimulate local investment," Boscola said.