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#NewtownPA Awarded $873,000 Through the PA Multimodal Transportation Fund to Construct Sidewalks in Business Commons

#NewtownPA Awarded $873,000 Through the PA Multimodal Transportation Fund to Construct Sidewalks in Business Commons | Newtown News of Interest |

Gov. Wolf Announced $47.8 Million Investment in 56 Multimodal Projects to Improve Safety, Mobility, Local Economies.


Newtown Township will receive $873,000 to construct sidewalk connections in the township’s Business Commons area to close existing trail and sidewalk gaps. The project includes construction of 0.5 mile of five-foot wide concrete sidewalks, stormwater management improvements, construction of ADA curb ramps, improved striping and signage, installation of benches, and landscaping.


At the March 9, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting, a resolution was passed to authorize a request for “a Statewide Local Share Assessment grant [see the grant application] of $994,920.00 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for design and construction of the Business Commons Sidewalk Connections project." For background, read "Revitalization of Newtown Township's Business Commons District".



johnmacknewtown's insight:

But will it be enough? 


The plan focuses on gaps in existing sidewalks and trails. One notable gap exists between the end of the Lower Dolington Road (LDR) Trail at Yorkshire Drive and Upper Silver Lake Road where the trail was supposed to end when it was first proposed. 


The grant award of $873,000 is $121,920 short of $994,920.00, which was originally requested. Thus, either additional money must be found or the plan would need some adjustment; i.e., downsizing. The LDR sidewalk might end up on the cutting floor: the estimated cost of this short sidewalk connection is $76,400, which is a sizable portion of the deficit.



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