Infrastructure improvement funds rolling out in county

The Lycoming County commissioners awarded a construction contract Tuesday in an amount not to exceed $2.23 million for the Marsh Hill Bridge replacement project awarded by the state Department of Transportation to Rylind Construction Co. Inc., of Lewisberry.

Mark Murawski, transportation supervisor, said 95 percent of the cost will be paid by funding from the state and federal governments — which is why PennDOT was in charge of the bid process — while 5 percent will be paid from the county liquid fuels fund, meaning no tax dollars will be used for the project.

The new bridge will be built 50 feet downstream from the current bridge, allowing traffic to be maintained throughout the construction process.

There will be a preconstruction meeting with McIntyre Township within a month, which will be open to the public, and construction will begin within about 60 days of contract signing, Murawski said.

“From then until July or August, it’s going to be all substructure work, building the foundations for the bridge itself,” he said. “Hopefully the bridge will open in October, November next year.”

In another matter, the commissioners approved the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grant contract with the state Office of the Budget in the amount of $3 million for the Williamsport Regional Airport Terminal Replacement Project.

The money will specifically go to the new terminal building and will be matched with county drilling impact fees, Murawski said.

He added that he verified with the Office of the Budget that these grant funds are not at risk due to the state budget at this time, and contingencies have been taken “just in case.”

The airport authority will take action Thursday on a proposal to take out a bridge loan with Citizens of Northern Bank “to cover the amount of time it takes for the reimbursement of the RCAP funds,” said Thomas Hart, airport director.

Substantial completion for construction of the terminal is expected for the end of August 2018 with occupancy of the building by mid-September, Murawski said.

In other business, the commissioners will consider the following Thursday:

* Approving a professional service agreement in the amount of $82,800 with Enginuity for valve replacements at the county prison.

* Approving a Justice Assistance Grant application in the amount of $11,323.

* Several items for the Juvenile Probation Office.

Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Tony Mussare and Jack McKernan were present. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.