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September 11, 2020
Press Release

(PITTSBURGH, PA) – Today, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) joined the Butler County Board of Commissioners to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded Butler County a $25M grant through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program.  Butler County applied for the grant to support the construction of the Three Degree Road and Freedom Road segments of Route 228, a $62M initiative, known as Gateway 228.  The project is a 26.4-mile, 13-segment corridor that links Butler, Beaver and Armstrong counties.

“This $25 million grant will make sure that the Gateway 228 project is built to completion.  Then it will serve our entire community by connecting people to jobs and making all drivers safer.  This is a big win for Western Pennsylvania,” said Lamb.

“I am so proud of Butler County,” said Butler County Commissioner Leslie Osche.  “It took a great deal of determination, collaboration, negotiation, and, frankly, pure guts to put this proposal together and to win a second BUILD grant award in order to continue to advance the Route 228 corridor.”

“We’re talking about two decades of work on Route 228, mainly in the last five years,” said Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel.  “The awarding of the grant is due to the aptitude of our team and the bipartisan efforts with federal and state legislators.  I’m proud to work with and be part of that team.”

“The Gateway 228 project is a testament to the people at all levels of government,” said Butler County Commissioner Kimberly Geyer.  “They provided a unified voice to represent the people they serve.”

The BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program provides the opportunity for federal investment in road, rail, transit and port projects.  The eligibility requirements of BUILD allow project sponsors at the state and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs.