Committee pushes for 2 projects

Two local projects are vying for Transportation Alternatives Program funding, administered by the state Department of Transportation.

The Williamsport Area Transportation Study Technical Committee will “highly recommend” both projects to PennDOT’s Harrisburg office in the hopes of receiving state funding, said Mark Murawski, transportation supervisor for Lycoming County.

Williamsport is requesting $909,678 to update Willow Street into a brick pedestrian corridor as part of the East Third Street Old City Gateway Revitalization project.

“College students and the general commerce happening east of Market Street will have a safe pedestrian corridor to walk,” Murawski said. “If they get funded, they’re ready to start construction in July of 2019.”

Murawski said the project already is designed and the city’s local match of $158,000 is prepared thanks to contributions from multiple sources including the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and Lycoming College.

The second project is phase two of the four-phase Millers Run Greenway project in Loyalsock Township. The township is requesting $682,000 to continue the greenway project that will connect the Susquehanna River Walk to Bruce Henry and Short parks. Murawski said Loyalsock Township will front the local match of $205,000.

Phase one, which is funded by a grant received in 2015, is in the designing stages and construction likely will begin in 2019, Murawski said. Phase two construction would begin in May of 2021 and be completed by the end of that year.

Larson Design Group is the engineer for both projects, Murawski said.

“We will know probably by the end of January which projects were selected for funding,” Murawski said. “They could fully fund the project, partially fund the projects, or they could not fund the projects at all. It will be highly competitive statewide, but we think both projects should have a very good chance of getting the money.”

The next technical committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 in the commissioners board room of Executive Plaza.