Commissioners to act on loan for airport terminal, bridge project

Lycoming County Commissioners could take action Thursday on funding for some important infrastructure projects.

During their workshop session Tuesday, they were asked to revise a bank loan directed at the Williamsport Regional Airport terminal and the Lycoming Valley Railroad Bridge at Loyalsock Creek.

William Kelly, deputy director of the county Planning and Community Development Department, noted that the amount of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank Loan Agreement is being amended from $12.6 million to $10.5 million.

“It changes the scope of the project,” he said.

Previously, the project entailed the airport access road and the railroad bridge.

About $7 million of the loan is being set aside for the terminal project, he said.

“We may not need all that,” Kelly explained. “It’s like a line of credit. We will draw down and take what we need.”

Lycoming County Transportation Planner Mark Murawski said the airport terminal project should be completed by fall 2016.

The railroad bridge, which is replacing a span severely damaged by flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, is expected to be completed by this summer.

In other matters, commissioners were asked to consider approval of a pair of $10,000 grants to local agencies providing emergency housing for the homeless.

One grant would go to the YWCA and the other to the American Rescue Workers.

Commissioners are expected to consider bids for bridge construction work.

Murawski said repairs are needed to restore the weight limit on the bridge in Marsh Hill back to its original 27 tons.

Work on the bridge should begin in March with a completion date set for sometime in early April.

Commissioners will consider the county’s annual copy maintenance contract with Phillips Supply House.

Commissioners will be asked to extend a grant with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for motivational interviewing.