Transportation, river walk projects receive stamp of approval

Two community access projects received recommendation by the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee during its December meeting Monday.

The city of Williamsport has applied for $909,678 in Transportation Alternatives Program funding for the Willow Street Improvements project. Loyalsock Township is also seeking $682,000 of the transportation program money for phase 2 of the Millers Run Greenway project.

“Both projects bring better connectivity to communities,” Lycoming County Transportation Supervisor Mark Murawski said.

The state Department of Transportation will have the final say on funding for each project.

The Willow Street project is part of plan for connecting Lycoming College and the Basin Street area to the central city. It would provide infrastructure and other improvements along Willow Street and open up pedestrian traffic along the east-west thoroughfare.

City Finance Director and River Valley Transit General Manager William Nichols Jr. called the project a key economic component for the city.

“It can revitalize that area,” he said.

Construction is being planned for 2019.

The Miller’s Run project involves a 1.4 mile trail along the creek linking the community to the Susquehanna River Walk and bike path.

The trail will mean improved access to schools, parks, churches and businesses in the township of more than 11,000 residents.

Also at the meeting, the committee adopted safety performance measures targets.

Adoption of plans by local transportation committees are part of a nationwide effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on roads.

Murawski said the challenge is in coming up with ways to best improve roads and safety in the region.

The committee set the following meeting dates for 2018: Feb. 26, April 30, June 18, Oct. 15 and Dec. 17.

All meetings are set for 1 p.m. at the Lycoming County Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.