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The Recovery Act At Work
Allegheny County
$422,356,549 *
With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Pennsylvania is building lasting assets. Recovery Act awards are helping to pave roads and fix bridges, fund clean water projects, strengthen a public education system that continues to produce academic gains for students, and improve our state's environment and energy efficiency. The Recovery Act is also helping those most in need through extended unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care. In the process, Pennsylvania is creating tens of thousands of jobs. For more detailed information about projects in your county, follow the corresponding project link below. In instances where projects impact more than one county, the project and funding amount may appear in other county summaries. Many other projects in the county are funded by Recovery Act dollars distributed directly from federal agencies. Information on those projects is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.
Education
Education $254,511,758 *
$201,428
Energy
Energy $28,546,944 *
The project will increase energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding the health and safety of the resident. Eligible applicants are those persons or families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. On-site energy audits are conducted on each home to determine which of the following measures would be installed or services performed, up to an average of $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday. The project will weatherize 704 homes through 3/31/12.
The project will increase energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding the health and safety of the resident. Eligible applicants are those persons or families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. On-site energy audits are conducted on each home to determine which of the following measures would be installed or services performed, up to an average of $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday. The project will weatherize 2,212 homes through 3/31/12.
The project consists of a complete upgrade of the existing building envelope including the roof, walls, and glass. The new roof will include high performance rigid insulation, and the walls will be super-insulated with a combination of rigid and batt insulation. The existing windows, which consist of single glazed, non-thermally broken aluminum framing system, will be replaced with high performance thermally broken low-e insulated glass. In addition to the environmental and energy benefits, the thermal comfort of library occupants will be greatly improved.
Replacement of 434 traffic signal heads and 60 street light fixtures with energy efficient technology. Traffic signals will be installed in TCVCOG member towns as follows: Braddock-36; E Pittsburgh-36;Edgewood-41; Pitcairn-14; Plum-47; Rankin-2; Swissville-48; Turtle Creek-45; Wilkinsburg-165. There will be 60 streetlights converted in East McKeesport.
This project is the replacement of existing High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting fixtures located in passenger pickup and passenger drop-off areas of Pittsburgh International Airport with high-efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting fixtures and related mountings from a Pennsylvania LED lighting company.
Refixture and relamp the James Street Garage by replacing 405 Hi-Sodium vapor lamps and associated ballast with a like number of LED light fixtures and lamps. The garage provides visitor parking for the Hospital 24-7.
This project will upgrade portions of the lighting systems in two University of Pittsburgh buildings - The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), and the Frick Fine Arts buiding (FFA). Overall, the project will replace 2,097 fixtures with high efficiency fluorescent fixtures. The project is projected to result in an energy savings of nearly 587,000 kilowatt hours per year, or 48.51%. The project has an expected cost savings of over $49,000 per year, with a payback of 6.41 years.
Chatham University is requesting a grant to support energy efficiency measures at its Eastside building on the Pittsburgh, PA campus. The installation of upgraded lighting will yield a savings of 411,840 kWh of electricity per year. This electricity is valued at $32,947 and will save 264.9 tons of CO2 annually. The University will work with an energy conservation company that is , a local, woman-owned firm, to achieve these reductions. As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its campus operations. The University has completed its baseline carbon inventory, and is developing a Climate Action Plan. Chatham also serves on the Higher Education Climate Committee of the City of Pittsburgh's Climate Initiative and has committed to a 20% carbon reduction by 2023. This grant request is a critical component of achieving those reductions.
The Borough of Baldwin, located in Allegheny County is applying for funding to undertake an energy efficiency program for the 30,000 square foot Municipal Complex which houses the Borough’s administrative, public works and tax offices, as well as the Borough police force, public works equipment and public meeting space. The program proposes to replace the buildings existing aged HVAC systems with more efficient systems and to replace the existing single pane aluminum frame windows and doors with high efficiency, low E materials. 26% energy saved
The objective of the PACT Energy Initiative Project is to enhance and stabilize the existing gas-fired steam system, reduce pollution, and save energy through system and equipment upgrades. Further, PACT will perform necessary engineering study for the integration of co-generation with the steam output system to facilitate advanced energy conservation and energy efficiency. Also PACT will work with the University of Pittsburgh as they study local renewable fuel sources for boiler fuel.
The City of Pittsburgh is replacing 4 diesel refuse trucks with 4 new natural gas powered versions. The goal of this project is to build momentum, experience, and ultimately, comfort in the City for natural gas as an important, robust and cost effective fuel for its fleet. Also it will reduce annual air emissions of CO2, it will also provide fuel savings for the City and provide a healthier work environment for refuse collectors.
Environment
Environment $776,490 *
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
Federally Regulated Leaking Underground Storage Tank Site Corrective Action under ARRA grant
This project will fund the purchase and installation of diesel particulate filters (DPF) on 33 of the City of Pittsburgh's waste hauling or recycling collection vehicles. This project will also fund the purchase of an additional DPF.
LUST ARRA program management, including generic planning and program reporting
LUST Program planning and reporting activities by prime contractor
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $13,596,826 *
The project provides financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Funds will be used for activities to address the jurisdiction’s homelessness needs such as: financial assistance with rental payments; security deposits; utility payments or deposits; arrearages; moving costs; and, motel/hotel vouchers; and housing relocation and stabilization services such as case management; outreach and engagement; housing search and placement; legal services; and, credit repair.
This project will upgrade the secondary treatment process.  The existing trickling filter will be upgraded with new pumps and a new distribution arm, and the media will also be replaced.  Two new secondary clarifiers will also be added.This is an existing sewer system that serves approximately 3,800 customers in this primarily low income area.  This is an existing system and user fees are expected to increase by 25%.
Upsizing of the sewage treatment plant headworks and the rehabilitation of the existing sludge dewatering facilities. This is an existing sewage system that serves approximately 2,200 customers in this middle income area.  This is an existing system and user fees are expected to increase by 62%.
Upgrade McKees Rocks pump station, install 5,300 feet of 60" storm sewers to reroute the streams from the interceptor.This is an existing system that serves approximately 313,000 customers in low to middle income areas.  This is an existing system and user fees are expected to increase by 26.8%
The project will install trees, landscaping and permeable pavers in various parking lots throughout the City of Pittsburgh to reduce storm water run off into the City's combined sewer system.
Project will replace approximately 15,800 linear feet of force mains and 225 linear feet of gravity sewers. This is an existing system that serves approximately 489 customers in primarily low to middle income areas.  This is an existing system and user rates are expected to increase by 44%.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will plant 6,250 new trees along various commercial and residential corridors through out the city of Pittsburgh in order to reduce storm water flows during wet weather events.
Construction of a 500,000 gallon filter backwash holding tank and diversion structure which will allow for recycling of the backwash water. In addition, the Herron Hill water tank will be rehabilitated along with the replacement of various valves and system hydrants. This is an existing system that serves approximately 113,500 customers in this primarily low to middle income areas. This is an existing system and use fees are not expected to increase.
Installation of three permanent irrigation ponds that will collect, store and recycle 2.5 million gallons of water to supply the Botanical gardens' future irrigation needs.
Public Safety
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $116,973,075 *
Rehabilitation of the bridge carrying California Avenue (State Route 7301) over Jacks Run in the City of Pittsburgh
Rehabilitation of the tunnel carrying State Route 3069 from the Liberty Bridge over the Monongahela River to State Route 51 in the City of Pittsburgh
Railroad Relocation, Bridge Retrofit and Building demolition of State Route 28 from Troy Hill to Milvale in the City of Pittsburgh and Milvale Borough in advance of the widening project
Reconstruction of the Interchange, installation of 2 new signals, signal work and signing in Robinson and North Fayette Townships
Replacement of sidewalks and curbing, the installation of four handicap ramps to access the sidewalks, four street lights with poles, and underground wiring. Located in the block bounded by Westinghouse Ave, Commerce St and Herman Ave, near Westinghouse
Project will include a full depth pavement reconstruction, concrete pavement patching, Superpave overlay, bituminous and concrete shoulder repairs, guiderail updates, washout repairs, minor drainage r
Bridge Restoration and approach work of Ft. Duquesne Bridge in City of Pittsburgh
$15,634,562
Concrete Patching of Interstate 79 from Canonsburg to the Allegheny County Line in Washington County
Repair of structural concrete and the ventilation shafts of the tunnels , replacement of lighting system and switchgear, upgrading of various safety systems on State Route 3069 from Liberty Bridge to State Route 51 in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cou
Workforce
Workforce $4,280,188 *
The project will offer financial literacy training leading to the creation of new savings accounts. It will also improve access to child care to aid in gaining or retaining employment and provide services to individuals (ages 16-24) in financial literacy as part of a self sufficiency program. Activities will be offered to avoid eviction/foreclosure through mediation and emergency assistance. Additional services leading to attaining safe/affordable housing and the avoidance of utility termination will be included along with ABE/GED programs leading to participants obtaining certificates or diplomas in order to more effectively compete in the job market.
The project will provide financial literacy training leading to the establishment of new savings accounts. It will provide services to refugee/immigrant families in English as a Second Lagnuage (ESL) and citizenship classes and job placement/housing assistance through the Pittsburgh Refugee Center. It will also offer GED classes in order to make participants more employable and assist individuals in establishing new businesses.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Allegheny County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 142,705 The Recovery Act will help low income individuals and families with a 13.69% increase in the maximum Food Stamp (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) benefit. It also suspends the 3 month limit on assistance for many unemployed childless adults. March 2010
Health Insurance 191,501 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 47,100 The Recovery Act will help make health care available to individuals who are involuntarily separated from their jobs. A COBRA subsidy will pay 65 percent of the monthly premium for individuals earning less than $145,000 and couples earning less than $290,000. March 2010
Taxpayer Relief 540,154 Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a $400 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. Married couples filing jointly and earning up to $150,000 will receive a $800 tax credit. October 2009
Unemployment Compensation 43,600 The Recovery Act will help these Pennsylvanians with a $25 per week increase in unemployment benefits through the rest of the year. It also provides additional weeks of benefits. March 2010
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.
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