Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sen. Yaw, Rep. Wheeland Announce WASD Multimodal Project Funding


HARRISBURG – The Williamsport Area School District will receive Multimodal Transportation funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-83).

PennDOT evaluated 222 applications totaling more than $241 million and made selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

As announced, nearly $1.2 million will be awarded to the Williamsport Area School District to replace and upgrade the access road (Millionaire Drive) to Williamsport Area High School, including replacing all inlets, manholes, headwalls, drainage pipes, and curbs; excavating and replacing some areas of roadway; milling and resurfacing the entire roadway; and installing a sidewalk/bike path.

“When the legislature enacted Act 89 of 2013, we recognized the need to enhance highway, bridge, bike, pedestrian and other investments in our communities,” Yaw said. “These funds will improve travel for motorists heading to the High School. I applaud the officials who worked on this grant funding for the betterment of our local community.”

“This is great news for the Williamsport Area High School as improvements have been needed for some time,” said Wheeland. “This is an excellent example of making our overall infrastructure better in the city. I am pleased that this project will go forward.”

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives.

For more information about the program, including the application form, visitwww.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Transportation under the “Projects & Programs” button.

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