Thursday, April 29, 2004

Transportation Secretary Biehler, announces approved transportation enhancement projects.

Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., today announced the state Transportation Commission's approval of $35.9 million in federal funds for 127 transportation enhancement projects.

Approved Projects:

Bicycle Education and Enhancement Program (BEEP): BEEP is an integrated in-school bicycle education & safety program that teaches 5th-8th graders how to bike safely & legally, as well as basic cycling & repair skills. It complements learning in 6 academic areas, promotes physical fitness & environmental awareness and enhances personal safety. The School District of Philadelphia $397,894

East Falls Reconnects to the River, Phase 1: "East Falls Reconnects, Phase I" will make pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the Schuylkill River Heritage Trail safer and easier. In addition, it will add parking and pedestrian scale lighting to the Riverfront District to enhance access and safety and attract residents and visitors. East Falls Development Corporation $677,760

Philadelphia Zoo / West Bank Greenway: The Philadelphia Zoo proposes to develop the missing link of the West Bank Greenway between Fairmount Park and West Philadelphia along the perimeter of the Zoo. This landscaped section of pedestrian/bicycle improvements will be a key link in the Schuylkill River Trail and Heritage Corridor. The Philadelphia Zoo $904,625

Logan Square Landscaping Improvement Project: The landscaping and pedestrian improvements will include new benches and pedestrian amenities, new lighting, and safe pedestrian crossings and pathways between Center City, Logan Square and the Parkway, establishing better linkages between both ends of the Parkway and the surrounding neighborhoods. Central Philadelphia Development Corporation $948,750

Fox Chase - Rockledge Transportation Enhancement Project: This project seeks to create a unified streetscape and gateway for the Fox Chase-Rockledge business district. It is a collaborative effort that spans two municipalities - the City of Philadelphia (Fox Chase neighborhood) and the Borough of Rockledge. Philadelphia Dept. of Streets $994,750

Wycombe Train Station Restoration:Buckingham is restoring the Wycombe Train Station built in 1891 serves as a cornerstone of Wycombe,a village listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buckingham Township $258,750

Rt.13 Pedestrian Bridge, Tulleytown: Pedestrian Bridges are proposed to cross Rt. 13 in the Tulleytown area to provide safe passage for the Delaware Canal Towpath trail.D&L NHC $500,000

Washington Crossing Gateway Park: This linear pedestrian/bike system is designed within the rights-of-way of (3) state highways as a municipal "park" in the village of Washington Crossing. It will link several detached state-owned recreation and historic sites with ADA ramps, sidewalks, crosswalks and streetscape improvements.Upper Makefield Twp. $550,000

State Route 340 Connector Sidewalk Project: This application is seeking funding to install sidewalk along State Route 340, connecting GO Carlson Boulevard's sidewalk with the sidewalk on Lincoln Highway (Business 30). Caln Township $97,750

Bicycle PA Route L Realignment & Safety Improvements: This project will realign 2.3 mi of Bicycle PA Route L between West Chester and Downingtown. The realignment will construct a paved, multi-use trail parallel to the existing route. West Bradford Township $230,000

Phase 1- Coatesville Train Station Rehabilitation: Phase I of the Coatesville Train Station Rehabilitation includes the renovation of the existing elevated passenger platforms, the replacement of the passenger pavilion on the west-bound platform, and the incorporation of features to improve pedestrian safety. City of Coatesville $300,323

Park Road Trail: Upper Uwchlan Township proposes construction of an approximately one and one-half mile pedestrian/bicycle trail segment reaching from Marsh Creek State Park to the Village of Eagle. The project will link neighborhoods to the state park, a local park and to residential and commercial/shopping areas. Upper Uwchlan Township $400,000

Sadsburyville Village Enhancement Plan: The goal of the Sadsburyville Village Enhancement Plan is to improve pedestrian safety and to beautify Lincoln Highway (Bus. Rt 30) in Sadsburyville (Sadsbury Township, Chester County) through the introduction of sidewalks, crosswalks, street trees and traffic calming elements. Sadsbury Township $436,250

Supplemental Funding for Intermodal Transportation Improvements: This proposal is a request for supplemental funding to complete the Borough of Swarthmore's Intermodal Transportation Improvements Plan. Borough of Swarthmore $354,200

Phase II - East Coast Greenway/Riverfront Improvements: Connect portion of East Coast Greenway/Riverwalk with Rt. 291 along Flower Street and Highland Avenue. City of Chester $517,500
Industrial Heritage Highway/East Coast Greenway Trail: The Project includes the construction of multiuse trail, "Share The Road" signage and lane designation where appropriate along the Industrial Highway. Also included is the construction of multiuse trail in the Tinicum-Fort Mifflin Spur of the East Coast Greenway Syst Tinicum Township $700,000

New Hanover Bike and Pedestrian Network - Phase One: Multi-purpose trail linking residential developments with retail uses, community services, recreation and park facilities. This is the first phase of a network of such trails intended to be a viable alternative to automobile use for access to local activities New Hanover Township $160,425

Flourtown-Erdenheim Community Gateways: Establish gateway medians and install street trees to delineate entranceways to the Flourtown and Erdenheim Village Shopping Districts and the Valley Green Road Commercial Center. Springfield Township $190,900

Pottstown Pedestrian Underpass: The project will use an existing "culvert" under the active Norfolk Southern RR ROW to create an ADA-accessible crossing at the Borough center. The underpass will serve transportation, recreation, and civic needs by linking the CBD to Montgomery Co.Community College, river/park, SEPTA, and SR Trail. Borough of Pottstown $260,000

Tookany Creek Pedestrian Walking Trail Improvement Project (Phase II): To continue the enhancements of a pedestrian walking trail system within the Tookany Creek Park. The trail facility will be used by pedestrians, walkers and joggers to travel safely within a heavily trafficked parkway system that traverses along a scenic linear greenway and the Tookany Creek Parkway Township of Cheltenham $315,347

Collegeville / Trappe Main Street Revitalization and Beautification: This Multi-Municipal effort between Collegeville and Trappe Boroughs to revitalize and beautify Main St. has been developed to encourage walking and to ensure pedestrian safety and driver awareness using pedestrian crossings, lane narrowings, landscaping, street furnishings and lighting. Borough of Collegeville $679,526