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TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS APPROVED

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Transportation Commission has approved $20 million in transportation "enhancement" projects to preserve or improve natural and cultural resources as part of a plan to better integrate Pennsylvania's transportation network with local communities and the environment.
 The enhancement program is a new category of transportation projects called for under the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. Pennsylvania will receive $55 million in federal funds over six years for transportation enhancements.
 Gov. Robert P. Casey said in a statement that the program "will be a major ingredient in an integrated transportation network for Pennsylvania."
 "It will help to work the cultural and natural resources of a community or region into a coherent, cohesive transportation plan. And we all will be the better for it."
 Types of projects called for in the program include:
 -- pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
 -- scenic or historic highway development.
 -- landscaping and other scenic beautification.
 -- historic preservation.
 -- archaeological planning and research.
 -- acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites.
 -- rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities, including historic railroad facilities and canals.
 -- preservation of abandoned railway corridors, including the their conversion and use for pedestrian or bicycle trails.
 -- control and removal of outdoor advertising.
 -- mitigation of water pollution due to highway runoff.
 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) established an advisory committee to recommend projects to be funded in Pennsylvania over the next two years. The committee, composed of representatives from both the public and private sectors, selected 44 projects from among 421 applications that were submitted to PennDOT late last year.
 PennDOT Secretary Howard Yerusalim, who chairs the Transportation Commission, thanked the advisory committee for its assistance in determining which projects could be financed with the limited funding available.
 With the commission's approval, the projects are included in PennDOT's 12-year transportation plan.
 All of the projects require that sponsoring organizations provide at least 20 percent of the total funding.
 PennDOT expects to initiate a second round of enhancement project applications in about a year.
 (A list of the projects approved today follows, alphabetical by county, including the project title, a brief description, total cost and sponsoring organization.)
 PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Enhancement Projects
 -- Soch's Mill Bridge and Eisenhower Bridge Restoration & Trail Project (Adams), restore bridges and construct half-mile trail between them, $370,000, Adams County.
 -- Allegheny River Heritage Trail (part of Three Rivers Heritage Trail) (Allegheny), construct five-mile pedestrian trail from West End Bridge to Millvale and Fortieth Street Bridge along north shore, $490,000, Friends of Riverfront, Inc.
 -- Montour Trail (Allegheny, Washington), convert abandoned railway to extend through five-county area to a 54-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail, $1.2 million, Montour Trail Council.
 -- North Hills Bikeway (Allegheny), construct 19-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail from North Hills to Downtown, $1.3 million, Allegheny County Planning Department.
 -- Pittsburgh Zoo Entrance Plaza Enhancement (Allegheny), beautify parking lot and zoo entrance, $19,000, Pittsburgh Zoo.
 -- Riverwalk at Station Square (Allegheny), construct 1.1-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail on south side of Monongahela River, $225,000, Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.
 -- Youghiogheny River Trail Bikeway (Allegheny), purchase easements and construct 4.2-mile bicycle trail near McKeesport, $350,000, Regional Trail Corp.
 -- Butler-Freeport Community Trail (Armstrong, Butler), construct 21-mile trail between Butler and Freeport, $400,000, Buffalo Twp.
 -- Muhlenberg Rail Trail (Berks), convert abandon track to two-mile trail, $325,000, Muhlenberg Twp. Parks Department.
 -- Historic Railway Park (Blair), purchase passenger depot and create two-acre park in Tyrone, $25,000, Main Street-Tyrone, Inc.
 -- Marie Antionette Overlook (Bradford), purchase right-of-way for visitors center at scenic overlook in Standing Stone Twp., $500,000, French Azilum, Inc.
 -- Buckingham Village Pedestrian/Bicycle Access (Bucks), construct pedestrian and bicycle trails and modify traffic signals on State Routes 202, 413, and 263, $258,000, Buckingham Township.
 -- Commuter Parking (Bucks), construct stopping lane along parking lot access road to Farmer's Market on State Route 663 in Milford Twp, $6,000, Milford Twp.
 -- Delaware Canal Improvements (Bucks), restoration of canal towpath for use as pedestrian walkway in Bristol Borough, $380,000, Bristol Borough.
 -- Johnstown Passenger Station Reuse Project (Cambria), relocate ticket office to permit use of station waiting room, $160,000, Johnstown Area Heritage Association.
 -- Johnstown Riverswalk Project (Cambria), construct 17-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail from Riverside to Johnstown and to Johnstown Flood National Memorial, $360,000, Cambria County Transit Authority.
 -- Bus Bicycle Racks (Centre), install bicycle racks on 45 transit buses, $30,000, Centre Area Transportation Authority.
 -- Spring Creek Access Path and Resource Conservation Corridor, (Centre), construct paved recreational trail, $230,000, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
 -- Chester County Bridge Rehabilitation, (Chester), rehabilitate historic covered bridge on Kings Row Road (Bridge #28) over Big Elk Creek, $735,000, Chester County Planning Commission.
 -- Chester Valley Trail (Chester), convert abandon rail line to 15- mile pedestrian and bicycle trail between Valley Forge National Historic park and Downingtown, $1.4 million, Chester County Planning Commission.
 -- East Goshen Twp. Pathway Project (Chester), construct one-mile pedestrian pathway from Boot Road and Paoli Pike to Township Park, $200,000, East Goshen Twp.
 -- Curwensville to Grampian Trail (Clearfield), purchase right-of- way and convert to 21-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail, $398,000, Clearfield County Rails to Trails, Inc.
 -- Bloomsburg "Gateways/Image" Corridor Project (Columbia), implement landscaping program on U.S. Route 11 and State Route 487, $200,000, Bloomsburg Town Council.
 -- Cumberland Valley Trail Acquisition Project (Cumberland), purchase abandon rail corridor between Shippensburg University and Newville Borough for pedestrian and bicycle trail, $232,000, Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council, Inc.
 -- Capital Area Greenbelt (Dauphin), rehabilitate 14-mile trail between Riverfront Park and Wildwood Park, $500,000, City of Harrisburg.
 -- Presque Isle Ferry Dock (Erie), rehabilitate Waterwork's Ferry Dock at Presque Isle State Park, $548,000, Department of Environmental Resources.
 -- National Road Heritage Park "S" Bridge Restoration Project (Fayette, Washington), restore double-arch stone bridge in Buffalo Twp., $126,000, Fayette County Planning Commission.
 -- National Road Heritage Park Historic Milemarkers Project (Fayette, Somerset and Washington), restore or replace 80 cast iron milemarkers on State Route 40, $174,600, Fayette County Planning Commission.
 -- Youghiogheny River Rail-Trail (Fayette), construct 1.5-mile trail and renovate three bridges near Ohiopyle State Park, $2.08 million, Department of Environmental Resources.
 -- Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail (Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne), purchase right-of-way and convert to 32-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail, $380,000, Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
 -- Cultural Resource Plan (Lancaster), conduct identification and assessment study of historic transportation-related facilities, $95,000, Lancaster County Planning Commission.
 -- Neshannock Creek Trail (Lawrence), purchase right-of-way and convert abandoned railway to a 14-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail, $265,000, Lawrence County Planning Office.
 -- Bus Bicycle Racks (Lehigh), install bicycle racks on 10 transit buses, $15,000, Free Yourself from Henry Ford.
 -- Longhouse National Scenic Byway (McKean), improvements to 10-mile byway on State Route 321 including construction of a parking area and scenic overlooks, $159,000, Allegheny National Forest.
 -- Lehigh Canal Restoration (Northampton), restoration along three miles of canal in Hugh Moore Park, $250,000, Hugh Moore Historic Park and Museums, Inc.
 -- Delaware Riverfront Historic Trolley (Philadelphia), install track, overhead wire and maintenance shed for 2.5 miles along Columbus Boulevard and Front Streets, $1.2 million, City of Philadelphia.
 -- Logan Circle (Philadelphia), improve pedestrian and bicycle access and provide landscaping, $570,000, City of Philadelphia.
 -- Overbrook Train Station (Philadelphia), rehabilitate station including landscaping, $1 million, SEPTA.
 -- Harnedsville Trail (Somerset), construct trail tunnel under State Route 523 and purchase 26-acre right-of-way in Lower Turkeyfoot Twp., $100,000, Somerset County Conservation District.
 -- Oil Field Transportation Exhibition (Venango), construct exhibit at the Drake Well Museum, $86,000, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 -- Cleanup Program Start-Up Kits (Westmoreland), develop start-up kits for municipal road clean-up projects, $10,000, Pennsylvania Cleanways.
 -- Greensburg Train Station Rehabilitation (Westmoreland), rehabilitate station on Ehalt Street for use by Amtrak passengers and others, $2.1 million, The Westmoreland Trust.
 -- Covered Bridge Inspection Guidelines, (statewide), develop program covering 216 bridges in 36 counties, $50,000, PennDOT.
 -- Sign Removal on Scenic Highways (statewide) remove 50 non- conforming signs on three designated scenic corridors, $500,000, PennDOT.
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 /CONTACT: Rick Schoen of PennDOT, 717-783-8800, or John L. Taylor of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116/


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