Williamsport Obtains Grant for Pine Street Project
WILLIAMSPORT -- The CIty of Williamsport, in coordination with the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority and Sanitary Authority, has won a $729,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Access Road grant for redirection, widening and paving of Pine Street.
The project is designed to provide better transportation and pedestrian access into the heart of the City's commercial business district and into the City's Trade and Transit Centre II facility. The project will also improve storm water collection, drainage and capacity in the Pine Street area. Construction is scheduled to begin late this year.
"Pine Street is a critical link in the final phase of Connect Williamsport," said Mayor Gabriel Campana. "This grant is a win for the City, the Authority, SEDA-COG and ARC. We all came together to make this a reality."
"For years, storm water flooding and drainage has been a problem for the Pine Street business community," said Doug Keith, Executive Director of Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authorities. "The ARC grant money will enable us to work together to solve this problem without extra cost to our customers.Thanks goes out for all the local support for this project and to our congressional delegation, including Congressman Marino."
The redesign of Pine Street as an access road to and from major transportation arteries surrounding Williamsport will allow direct access by motorists, patrons, tourists, pedestrians, bicyclists, employees, and bus riders into the business district and into the newly constructed Trade and Transit Centre II - the commuter bus transportation hub of the Greater Williamsport Area. Additionally, the Pine Street redesign is the centerpiece to the Connect Williamsport Revitalization and Gateway Plan, which is the third stage in a three-part economic strategy to create an economic development corridor downtown.
In addition to tremendous local support, Congressman Tom Marino (R), Congressman Shuster (R), Senator Pat Toomey (R) and Senator Bob Casey (D) each supported this grant application.