HARRISBURG - Milton and Sunbury were awarded $500,000 each through the state's Keystone Communities grant program to support downtown redevelopment and infrastructure reconstruction.

Sunbury's funding will be focused on the reconstruction of Chestnut Street. The project includes the replacement of sidewalks and curbing, construction of handicapped accessible curb cutouts, removal of street trees with invasive roots, reconstruction of the intersection and upgrades to the traffic signal at Second Street.

The project will also include the replacement of storm water basins and grates, installation of conduit and bases for street lighting from Front to Tenth streets, and repairs to the base and placement of the street.

The reconstruction of this corridor will improve access to parking and the pedestrian entrance to the Riverfront Park, which is a major source of income to Sunbury.

Milton will undertake a streetscape project along Broadway and Front streets which is a part of the Downtown Revitalization Project coordinated by the borough.

The strategic goal of the project is to improve safety between vehicle and pedestrian traffic within the business district. In support of that goal, pedestrian crosswalk signals will be installed, along with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible crosswalks, ramps and markings. Curbs, sidewalks and streetlights will also be replaced and storm water issues will be corrected.

"The funding announced today through the Keystone Communities program will enhance public safety and open the door for new local economic development," said Gov. Tom Corbett, whose administration announced the funding Monday. "Our partnership at the local level in developing our communities is building a stronger Pennsylvania."

"The City Of Sunbury is moving forward as it is currently redefining itself for the future," said Sunbury Mayor David L. Persing. "This grant supports our ongoing working relationships with The Commonwealth as we move from our Riverfront Project into improving our neighborhoods and our transportation routes for the citizens of Sunbury and the Susquehanna Valley."