[ PennDOT Announces Funding For Trail, Environmental Projects To Support Transportation Alternatives ]
Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards Tuesday announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the Commonwealth.
“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said.
The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.
The 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.
Among the trail and environmental improvement projects were–
— Carbon County: $403,986 to connect the Delaware & Lehigh Trail from the northern trailhead to the new pedestrian bridge south of the Carbon County Parking Lot with a safe delineated travel path along the Lehigh River.
— 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
— Lackawanna County: Keystone College – $917,815 to provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe route to travel along College Road and a connection to the seven miles of public trails in the area of the college campus.
— Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority – $200,000 to construct a 0.9-mile paved trail from Parker Street in Scranton to Boulevard Avenue in Dickson City, closing a major gap of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. This funding supplements a $800,000 TA Set-Aside award from the Lackawanna and Luzerne Transportation Study MPO.
— Dickson City – $991,110 for streetscaping, safety improvements, and a bike path connecting to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
— Lycoming County: Loyalsock Township – $682,000 to construct a paved greenway to connect Bruce Henry Park and its surrounding residential areas in Loyalsock Township to the existing Susquehanna Bikeway and Riverwalk.
— River Valley Transit (Williamsport) – $1,000,000 to construct the Willow Street Green Infrastructure Pathway Project in the city of Williamsport, providing an improved transportation route for pedestrians and cyclists.
— Montour County: Borough of Danville – $620,629 for construction of one 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.