State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) yesterday announced a $194,800 state grant to repair a heavily damaged Pocono Township bridge.

"With the frightening amount of deteriorating bridges located all across the state, improving the safety of our transportation network is vital," Yudichak said. "This grant will not only fund overdue repairs to the bridge, but also improve the ease and safety of the bridge for travelers who rely on the Frantz Hill Road Bridge."

The funding will be used to replace a deteriorated culvert at the Frantz Hill Road Bridge. The culvert was damaged in last Spring's heavy rain and resulted in a collapse of part of the bridge, forcing the bridge to be reduced to single lane of traffic.

"This is a public safety issue that desperately needs attention. I want to thank everyone who worked to get this grant to help fund this repair project," added Frank Hess, chairman of the Pocono Township Board of Supervisors.

The project was approved Wednesday at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funds were made available through the allocation of gaming funds for community and economic development projects.