Lancaster County transportation planners have allocated more than $4.4 million in federal money to a series of projects here, including two that are focused on making pedestrians safer.
In the largest grant awards, Mount Joy will get $1.34 million to build sidewalks on Route 772, and West Lampeter Township will get $1.2 million to make narrower lanes, curb extensions and more sidewalks in the initial phase of the Willow Street Traditional Village Project.
Another $808,000 will be directed to the restoration of the Safe Harbor Bridge Trestle in Manor Township, connecting a popular trail there to the Enola Low Grade Trail in southern Lancaster County.
The project is seen as a key link in the region’s bicycle trail system.
“That project is huge,” said county Commissioner Scott Martin, chairman of the Transportation Coordinating Committee. “This is going to be a huge impact for the county.”
Here are the grant awards for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2016.
— Mount Joy was awarded the largest grant, of $1.34 million, for a pedestrian safety project. The money will pay for construction of sidewalks on Route 772. Officials say it will create a safe connection for pedestrians between downtown, a park, the local library and neighborhoods west of the library.
— West Lampeter Township was awarded $1.21 million for the initial phase of the Willow Street Traditional Village Project. Narrower lanes, curb extensions and more sidewalks are planned.
— Lancaster city was awarded $977,500 for its Charlotte Street conversion to two-way traffic project. The project is similar to the Mulberry street plan, which aims to make the street safer for all users.
— Manheim Borough is receiving $100,000 in funding for its Downtown Connections Study, which will look at alternate routes for trucks that could make the downtown safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
— Manor Township was awarded $808,000 for the bridge project, which will create a connection between a trail in Manor Township and the Enola Low Grade Trail in southern Lancaster County.
In particular, Martin said he was enthused about the bridge restoration, which he said will trigger economic activity by making it easier for users to access the trail.
Upgrading the bridge will help bring more bicyclists and recreational enthusiasts to the area, Manor Township manager Ryan Strohecker said. The bridge “is the link that connects 22 miles of trail,” Strohecker said.
A task force analyzed and scored nine smart-growth award applications and the four highest received funding. All municipalities contribute dollars to the projects, which seek to improve the quality of life in designated growth areas.
For example, Joellyn Warren, West Lampeter’s community development director, said as part of the Willow Street project officials are completing a utility analysis in the affected area.
The five submissions that didn’t get money included a Northwest River Trail connection and Third Street improvement projects in Columbia Borough; a Hamilton Park mobility study in Lancaster Township; restriping of Route 30 in East Lampeter Township; and a sidewalk improvement project in Brownstown.
All can reapply for awards next year, said Dave Royer, the county planning commission’s chief transportation planner.