Basin Street riverwalk connector funding plan given early nod


It appears another part of an existing project to provide safer and better pedestrian and bicycle access to the Susquehanna Riverwalk is moving closer to reality.

City Council’s public works committee on Tuesday gave a positive recommendation for a resolution to commit to funding for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for the Basin Street interchange Susquehanna Riverwalk Connector.

Jon Sander, city engineer, noted the estimated cost of the project is $114,000. This is the second phase of the project, which will be from the Interstate 180 on-ramp and south onto the riverwalk.

The grant would pay $96,900 of project costs and require a city match of $17,000. The grant would be submitted by Delta Development Group, a city economic development consulting firm.

The first phase of the project was funded and permitted, Sander said.

The project has full support from Lycoming County and Lycoming College, and is a part of the overall vision of East Third Street Old City Revitalization.

This connector has been discussed for a long time, according to Councilman Randall J. Allison.

He said it would not only complete the access to the riverwalk, making it easier and safer for people to use, but would be good for tourism, recreational opportunities for users, business climate as more people are walking and bicycling in the area and another access point to the riverwalk.

A resolution to award purchase of a traffic control safety trailer, as presented by Scott Livermore, director of the city department of public works.

Basically, it is a trailer designed for traffic control for when there are large special events. It will bring the city up to date with state Department of Transportation regulations when closing lanes.

Since the original plan for the trailer the cost went up for new and equipped to an estimated $26,000 compared to the original of $19,000.

So, Livermore said his proposal was to buy the trailer from Best Choice Trailer for $4,700, and purchase cones and barricades from another warehouse for $13,000, to keep the cost in the $19,000 range and to use American Rescue Plan funds for the purchases.

Councilman Vincent Pulizzi noted how the trailer description of purchase showed the year of manufacture as 2022, and a box checked off as new but that it had logged 7,000 miles.

“It may be a typo or worth looking into,” Pulizzi said.

Livermore considered that a good catch by Pulizzi and said he will look at the information in time for the council meeting.


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