Pennsylvania is providing about $54m of stimulus funds for road infrastructure projects planned this summer.

The improvement programmes will take place in Erie, Crawford, Venango, Warren, Mercer and Forest Counties of Pennsylvania.

Out of the total amount, $22.3m will be funded for Erie County projects while $8.8m for Crawford County projects, reports.

Pennsylvania Department of Transport region district executive Bill Petit said that under the stimulus bill, 50% of the state’s funds had to be committed to projects within 120 days of President Barack Obama signing.

The $7.9m resurfacing work of Interstate 79 from north of Edinboro to Interstate 90 in Erie will begin by the end of second quarter of 2009.

The stimulus fund will also replace two bridges along Iroquois Avenue in Harborcreek Township.

The stimulus funded projects includes construction of handicap-accessible curb ramps in Erie and Millcreek, Harborcreek and Lawrence Park townships, and Wesleyville Borough.

It also includes railroad-crossing pavement markings in Erie County.

The stimulus amount was funded in addition to the $140m six-county Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) budget 2009 for projects that are underway in Erie, Summit Township.