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Proposed addition to riverwalk extension serves Newberry

The riverwalk extension may receive a .4-mile lengthening into Newberry, pending Lycoming County commissioners’ matching grant funds, as discussed Tuesday.

The extension of the riverwalk from Maynard Street to Susquehanna State Park is slated to have another connection at Arch Street, across from Tire Masters, said John Lavelle, county transportation supervisor.

“I think it’s a pretty vital piece of the project,” he said. “It will be directly serving Newberry with the riverwalk extension, which is another pretty great feature that we’re going to be able to add to the overall project.”

Since the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant applications were written, a state study revealed that it was in the top-10 trail gaps in Pennsylvania, said Mark Murawski, assistant transportation planner.

“We look like we have a better chance, because it’s a high state priority,” he said. “We have a better chance of assembling a more generous funding package with a number of state agencies.”

Rather than waiting to include the Newberry section, it would now be more expedient to make the addition and take advantage of the new-found momentum.

“It’s not a complicated addition,” said Murawski. “There’s nothing about it that would slow down the rest of the project.”

The transportation system in Newberry is set to be a “nice amenity,” following the Fourth Street reconstruction and riverwalk extension, he said.

“They’re going to have a pretty top notch transportation system serving Newberry in the next couple years,” said Murawski. “I know it’s inconvenient right now, for some people, but I think they’re really going to like the end result of it once all this work is done.”

The entire $174,290-project is virtually 100-percent grant funded, with the required 50 percent match coming from the Growing Greener fund, said Mya Toon, chief procurement officer. The additional .4 miles, totaling 2.8 miles, increased the grant award by $11,145.

The commissioners are slated to vote on this item at the Thursday meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the briefing room at the Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.

In other business the commissioners approved the following contracts below $10,000: Thomas J. Bruno II, investigative and paralegal work; Theodore Dean Kessis, Ph.D, expert testimony; Barry Zakireh, Ph.D., expert testimony; Language Services Associates, Inc., interpretation; Slough Flooring, indoor county prison gym reflooring; Keystone Communications, Armstrong Tower Repeater; BIO-HAZ Solutions, Inc., removal of biohazard waste; and AllDATA OL., subscription agreement.

Thursday, the commissioners are expected to vote on the following:

• Full-time and part-time replacement hirings.

• Purchase agreement with Wood’s CRW Corporation for the purchase of repair parts for $21,079.

• Bid request for Lycoming County Resource Management Services’ recycling truck scale system rebuild.

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