|Fifty-six projects to improve “transportation alternatives” were awarded $33 million in federal funds by PennDOT today. The full list of all awards is here. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21, introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that had existed as separate programs in SAFETEA-LU, the previous authorization act. Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are now consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).The thirteen projects that received $7.85 million in south eastern Pennsylvania are as follows:
• New Britain Borough – $150,000 for a shared-use path along South Tamendend Avenue between Butler Avenue and the SEPTA New Britain train station.
• Doylestown Township – $792,634 for a bike and hiking trail along Lower State Road from Central Bucks West High School to the Route 202 Parkway Trail, connecting Central Bucks Family YMCA, Central Park, and Delaware Valley College. Lower State Road is also BicyclePA Bike Route S.
• Bristol Township – $1 million for streetscape improvements on Route 13 (Bristol Pike) from the bridge over the Neshaminy Creek to a point west of Walnut Avenue within the downtown Croydon Business District.
Chester County: Tredyffrin Township – $1.1 million for construction of a 10-foot wide, asphalt multi-use trail on the south side of East Central Avenue. Included are five stamped asphalt raised crosswalks crossing East Central Avenue at intersecting roadways and the associated 15 ADA compliant curb ramps. A vegetated swale and stone infiltration bed will provide storm water management for the trail and East Central Avenue cartway.
• Prospect Park Borough – $300,000 for improvements to the Route 420 corridor to include sidewalk and curb replacements, new pedestrian lighting, crosswalks, traffic signal improvements, addition of ADA compliant ramps, landscaping, signage and storm water improvements.
• Nether Providence Township – $444,100 for upgrades to walkways and trails to improve pedestrian safety and encourage walking and biking.
• Jenkintown Borough – $90,000 for installation of new school zone lights and expansion and modernization of an existing school zone.
• Pottstown Borough – $300,000 for a comprehensive walking and bicycling network enabling 3,000 students to walk or bicycle safely to school, and adults of all ages to walk or bike for work or leisure, with links to neighboring municipalities.
• Upper Merion Township – $430,856 for a road diet along the length of First Avenue to enhance multimodal road usage.
• Cheltenham Township – $1 million to furnish and install sidewalk and crosswalk infrastructure, curb ramps, pedestrian signals and signalization streetscape enhancements on Old York Road, Church Road and Stahr Roads and Old York Road Spur in Elkins Park West.
• Upper Dublin Township – $1 million to reconstruct Virginia Drive in the Fort Washington Office Park to provide a three-lane road diet cross section as opposed to the existing four-lane section. Removal of the fourth lane allows for construction of a multi-use trail.
• Philadelphia – $250,000 for the purchase and installation of bicycles, stations and supporting infrastructure for the upcoming City of Philadelphia Bike Share Program.
• Philadelphia Parks and Recreation – $1 million for Frankford Creek Greenway Section 1 from Aramingo Avenue to Delaware Avenue.