Transportation projects in five central Pennsylvania counties just got a $5.7 million boost from the state.
The 2018 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside project selections were announced Tuesday and included a total of $5.7 million for seven projects in five counties for the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region.
Throughout the state, $66.8 million for 82 projects were awarded to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility. The Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.
Jim Saylor, SEDA-COG transportation program director, thanked the state and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the funds. He also lauded the sponsors (those who put forward applications) for submitting quality projects.
“We’re thrilled that PennDOT has recognized the value of these projects, and provided our sponsors with this opportunity to improve the safety, accessibility, and sustainability of our region,” Saylor said.
Following is a list of awards for the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects in the SEDA-COG MPO region:
- Clinton County – $1,087,197 to build a critical phase of the 11-mile Clinton County Rail Trail that connects five Clinton County municipalities to the Lycoming County border, and ultimately to the Jersey Shore trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
- City of Lock Haven – $1 million for sidewalks, curbing, trees and ADA-compliant handicap ramps along three blocks of East Church Street from Bellefonte Avenue to North Jay Street.
- Renovo Borough – $40,000 to further study and potentially design sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks and curbing along Third, Fourth, Fifth, 11th, and 12th streets.
- Town of Bloomsburg – $1,113,350 to repair deteriorated sidewalks, construct new sidewalks and install new street lighting on State Routes 11 and 487 from Seventh to Third streets.
- Mifflin County – $834,610 for a streetscape project that includes new sidewalks, curbing, trees and pedestrian lighting to improve pedestrian access.
- Borough of Danville – $620,629 for construction of 1 mile of paved pedestrian and bicycle trail atop the Hospital Run and the Upper Susquehanna levees as part of the North Branch Canal Trail system.
- Borough of Lewisburg – $1 million to restore Bull Run’s natural floodplain, daylight stormwater and extend the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail to Bucknell University.
“Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” said Leslie S. Richards, PennDOT secretary.
PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
For more information about the SEDA-COG MPO, visit www.seda-cog.org/transportation or call 570-524-4491.