A $1 million grant application that would pay for partially completing the city's Pathway to Health is expected to go before City Council Thursday night.
The grant application for the third phase of the pathway was the subject of discussion at the city's finance committee meeting Tuesday. The committee gave a positive recommendation to the full body of council on the application.
The administration is requesting federal transportation grant dollars administered by the state Department of Transportation.
The pathway is a corridor that leads from Interstate 180 to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Should the grant be awarded, the money would be used to upgrade traffic signals to accommodate faster access for emergency vehicles driving into and out of the hospital, said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.
The grant also would pay to replace sidewalks and make other street improvements, he said.
The grant be used for improvements on Maynard Street north from First Street to West Third Street and then go east to Campbell Street, Grado said.
The missing link - that won't be part of the coverage under the grant - is on Campbell Street north to Little League Boulevard.
Work on Little League Boulevard to Walnut Street and Walnut Street to the hospital has been completed, he said.
Lycoming County remains a financial contributor in the pathway project.
The county would provide $50,000 toward the pathway project using its natural gas impact fees, Grado said.
To get the grant, the local match is $162,500 of which the city would contribute $112,500 using Community Development Block Grant funds and the county would give $50,000 from the gas impact fees, Grado said.
Before recommending approval, Councilwoman Liz Miele asked Grado whether the city could expect getting the grant.
"It's on a high-priority list," he said.
Should the city be awarded the grant, construction is scheduled for spring 2016.