Ferguson Township Seeks Grant for Streetscape Improvements
October 11, 2019 11:12 AM
by Centre County Gazette, Vincent Corso
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Looking to improve safety for pedestrians and bike traffic in Pine Grove Mills, Ferguson Township is applying for a PennDOT grant for a streetscape improvement project.

Township supervisors agreed to apply for a multimodal transportation grant at the Oct. 7 board meeting.

PennDOT is accepting applications for grant funding from the FY2020-2021 Multimodal Transportation Fund until Nov. 8. The fund was established to improve transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety and for transit revitalization.

Examples of eligible projects include bus stops, sidewalk/crosswalk improvements, bicycle lanes/route designations, bridge development, streetscaping, lighting, pedestrian and traffic signals, signage and transit-oriented development.

Funding is available for projects with an estimated cost between $100,000 and $3,000,000. A 30 percent local fund match is required.

The potential streetscape project is focused on four areas, said township director of public works David Modricker. It includes adding approximately 12 street lights along both sides of Route 45, from South Water Street to Deepwood Drive.

At the second location, lights and a sidewalk will be added along Route 26 on the west side of Water Street, approximately 900 feet from Chestnut Street to Pine Grove Road.

The third part of the project is to add a bike lane along Route 45 from Ross Street to Deepwood Drive. The township is looking at two potential options for the bike lane, off-lane or on-lane, said Modricker. Off-lane means it is not attached to the road. On-lane would include improved shoulders on both sides of the road, which is similar to what is on Whitehall Road.

The supervisors are also looking to add a rectangular, rapid-flashing beacon crosswalk on Nixon Road near the cemetery. Modricker said he did not have an estimate on the cost of the potential project as of yet.

“Having a sidewalk access on the west side of the street here addresses the safety concern with the least amount of detrimental impacts to the environmental characteristics, as well as to private land owners,” said Township Manager David Pribluka.

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