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Officials Seek Public Input on Transportation Improvement Plan

by on June 16, 2014 6:00 AM

Officials are seeking the public's feedback regarding a transportation improvement plan for Centre County, which includes several projects for the State College area.

The Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) will hold a public meeting June 25 to review the Draft Centre County Transportation Improvement Program for 2015 to 2018. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the College Township Municipal Building, 1481 East College Avenue.

The report can be viewed HERE.

Federal law mandates local officials work together, through the CCMPO, to map out long and short-term transportation plans. Specifically, the plan outlines how federal and state funds will be allocated for road, bridge and public transportation projects in the county.

The county has seen a gradual decline in state and federal funding for the capital projects, from $70 million between 2009 and 2012 to $52 million between 2011 and 2014 to $45 million for 2013 to 2016. However, a new state gas tax bumped funding up to roughly $60 million for the 2015 to 2018 draft plan currently under consideration.

Additional funding was also allocated for the Route 322 Potters Mill Gap project at $103.1 million and the Interstate 99 Ext 71 Waddle Road Interchange Reconstruction project at $12 million.

A new state law also provided more than $30 million to expand the Centre Area Transportation Authority's maintenance facility. Other state funds will also go toward bus replacements.

Other local projects receiving funding under the plan include:

- Improvements to Route 322 Mount Nittany Expressway in College Township, $777,500

- Improvements to Boalsburg Road at the area of the Oak Hall Interchange area in College Township, $1.5 million

- Improvements to Slab Cabin Run Bridge on Branch Road in College Township, $1.3 million

- Drainage work and repaving on Atherton Street in three phases in Patton Township, Ferguson Township and State College Borough for a total of roughly $23.6 million

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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