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News Notices & Publications: Regional transportation priority list open for public comment

Title

Regional transportation priority list open for public comment

Announcement Type

News

Date Published

4/23/2018

Regional Spotlight

Yes

Short Description

SEDA-COG to hold public comment meeting

Body

From now through May 20, the public has an opportunity to review and comment on a draft list of regionally agreed-upon priority transportation projects for Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.

 

As part of the public involvement process, a public meeting and information session on the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1, at the Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. The government center is accessible to people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed for those with special needs related to language, sight, or hearing, please contact the SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at 570-524-4491 at least five days before the meeting date so accommodations can be made.

 

The draft TIP can be viewed at SEDA-COG’s transportation website, www.seda-cog.org/transportation by clicking on Transportation Improvement Program. It also is available at libraries, county government, public transit, and PennDOT district offices in the MPO region.

 

All comments on the draft TIP must be received by 4:30 p.m. on May 20, and must include the name and address of the commenter.

 

Through the SEDA-COG MPO, counties and municipalities in central Pennsylvania have a voice in the state’s transportation plans. Working together with SEDA-COG, local government, the business community, and nonprofit organizations establish the region’s transportation priorities.

 

Those priorities are detailed in the TIP, updated by SEDA-COG every two years in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and local project stakeholders. The TIP is the regionally agreed-upon list of priority transportation projects, and the current draft proposed TIP is for 2019 through 2022. Only projects for which funding is realistically expected are included. It also includes the anticipated phase schedule and cost.

 

The proposed TIP focuses on maintaining and improving the safety of the eight counties’ existing transportation system. Examples include:

  • Major slide hazard safety improvements are planned for Route 120 in Clinton County and corridor-wide safety improvements are planned for Route 54 in Montour County;
  • Repaving is planned for portions of Route 11 in Columbia County, Route 339 in Columbia County, Route 333 in Juniata County, Route 22 in Mifflin County, and Route 54 in Northumberland County;
  • Rehabilitation or replacement of many deficient state and local bridges across the region.

 

The TIP includes 14 local bridges ─ one each in Mifflin, Northumberland, and Snyder counties, two each in Clinton and Columbia counties, three in Montour County, and four in Union County. Additional new local bridge projects may be addressed through the TIP in the future, using cost savings or special initiatives.

 

The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project is the largest and most significant project included on the new TIP. Construction on the northern section is underway and extends from the connection to Route 147 in Northumberland County to the interchange with Route 15 in Union County. This section should be open to traffic by 2022. The southern section extends from the Route 15 interchange in Union County to the connection to the Selinsgrove Bypass, and is targeted for completion in 2024.

 

Projects on the proposed TIP are valued at nearly $448 million over the next four years, with the CSVT Project comprising approximately $234 million, or more than 50 percent of the total TIP. Funding for the CSVT Project was made possible by passage of Act 89 in 2013, and the funding for it is additional to the region’s base TIP funding allocation.

 

A separate Public Transit TIP also has been drafted by the SEDA-COG MPO and area transit agencies, and includes approximately $3.5 million worth of transit projects for the following public transportation providers in the region:

  • Call A Ride Service Inc. (Mifflin and Juniata counties)
  • Geisinger Health System for the LIFE Geisinger Program (Danville)
  • Lower Anthracite Transit System (Northumberland County)

 

This also can be viewed at the same places as the TIP.  

 

Below, Table 1 shows a funding summary for the SEDA-COG MPO region by county and transit operator for each of the four TIP years.

 

Table 1: Draft TIP Cost Summary by County and Transit Provider

 

FFY 2019

FFY 2020

FFY 2021

FFY 2022

Total

Highway/Bridge Program

Clinton

$6,247,230

$7,997,003

$14,171,645

$10,200,559

$38,616,437

Columbia

$7,553,297

$9,731,259

$10,906,975

$9,314,320

$37,505,851

Juniata

$10,236,651

$10,090,578

$2,922,032

$4,116,074

$27,365,335

Mifflin

$11,228,119

$8,488,169

$9,207,604

$11,262,742

$40,186,634

Montour

$1,017,361

$2,013,297

$2,030,315

$2,849,000

$7,909,973

Northumberland

$9,411,804

$7,875,003

$6,710,000

$22,546,562

$46,543,369

Snyder

$19,510,430

$39,770,387

$60,347,346

$74,589,372

$194,217,535

Union

$26,142,547

$20,993,704

$4,083,169

$3,481,540

$54,700,960

Totals

$91,347,439

$106,959,400

$110,379,086

$138,360,169

$447,046,094

Transit Program

Call A Ride Service, Inc.

$672,500

$754,950

$318,000

$22,000

$1,767,450

Geisinger Health System

$240,800

$240,800

$240,800

$240,800

$963,200

Lower Anthracite Transit System

$685,010

$0

$0

$0

$685,010

Totals

$1,598,310

$995,750

$558,800

$262,800

$3,415,660

 

The SEDA-COG MPO guides the transportation planning and programming process in Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. It operates through an agreement with PennDOT to approve studies and capital improvements for highways, bridges, transit, railroads, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other transportation-related concerns. Three primary documents are developed and approved by the MPO: the region’s Transportation Improvement Program, Long Range Plan, and annual Unified Planning Work Program. In executing its work, the MPO strives to provide a balanced transportation system for the maximum benefit of people, businesses, and communities in the region.

Expires on Website

4/23/2022

Keywords

TIP transportation priority list 2018 public comment SEDA-COG MPO

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Created at 4/23/2018 10:02 AM by Liz Regan
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