Yaw, Wheeland Secure Grant for Streetscape, Safety Improvements

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and state Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-83) today announced that they have secured a $621,416 grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to fund streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements along East 4th Street in the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County.

The legislators explained that the financing was approved at Tuesday’s CFA meeting in Harrisburg. The project(s) approved for funding are a part of the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, and funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Transportation Funding Plan, Act 89, approved in 2013.

The grant, awarded to the Williamsport Bureau of Transportation River Valley Transit, will improve 4th Street from Basin to Penn Street, located adjacent to Lycoming College.

“I was happy to advocate for this project from the very beginning,” Sen. Yaw said.  “Basin Street is an important entrance to the City and key link to Lycoming College.  This project will dramatically improve this corridor as travelers and residents access the College, stores, restaurants and James V. Brown Library, just to name a few.  I applaud RVT on receiving this important funding.”

“These pedestrian safety improvements will do a great deal to attract more businesses and shoppers to Williamsport,” said Rep. Wheeland. “I look forward to seeing the local economy benefit from this project and am grateful to the CFA for supporting our community.”

The project will include the milling of 2,500 square yards of roadway, demolishing the existing curbs, sidewalks, trees, and aged streetlights.  It will also include 1,275 of linear feet of curb along with 3,900 square feet of sidewalks, and 3,550 square feet of permanently fixed brick pavers will be installed.  The project will overlay 2,500 square yards of the milled roadway and will include a large, stamped asphalt crosswalk.  Thirty new trees, 14 new street lights and one trash can will also be installed.  The total project cost is $915,693.00.

For more state-related news and information visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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