Streets and parks grant matters on council agenda

City Council looks at several grant-related matters tonight that are designed to rebuild streets across the city and continue the restoration of Way’s Garden.

Among the topics for the council to tackle is a request of a reimbursement of $798,000 from the state Department of Transportation toward final design and construction plans of the Pathway to Health.

The pathway will be in its fourth and last phase of street and traffic signal improvements along a corridor between UPMC Susquehanna and Interstate 180. It allows quicker ambulance access to the hospital and out of the campus with improved street surface and signals at intersections.

A side benefit for the city is the tree plantings, lighting and safer and updated pedestrian crosswalks.

The reimbursement is in the form of a transportation alternatives program federal aid reimbursement grant agreement.

Work will begin next year on Campbell Street from West Fourth Street north to Little League Boulevard and from the boulevard east to Hepburn Street.

In other business, council eyes an agreement between Lycoming County and the city to use $10,000 in natural gas impact fees for the Way’s Garden restoration project in the phase of developing a pavilion.

And it must give River Valley Transit approval to accept a $643,542 state grant from PennDOT’s Green Light Go program. The money will be used to create improved signals and pedestrian walks at Mulberry and East Third streets and East Third and Basin streets. It is a part of the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Revitalization project, estimated to be about $25 million of investment.