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Harrisburg Riverwalk lands $1 million as feds fund midstate projectsU.S. cash will aid PennDOT projects in five counties

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Pedestrians and joggers are seen using the Riverwalk in Harrisburg's Riverfront Park. The city has received $1 million in federal transportation funding to repair nearly 2 miles of damaged slab and steps along the walkway.
Pedestrians and joggers are seen using the Riverwalk in Harrisburg's Riverfront Park. The city has received $1 million in federal transportation funding to repair nearly 2 miles of damaged slab and steps along the walkway. - (Photo / )

More than 50 state transportation projects are in line to share in $33 million worth of federal funding, including seven projects in the midstate.

They range from $1 million to replace damaged slabs and steps along Harrisburg's Riverwalk to money for installing a pedestrian bridge over the Conestoga River in Lancaster.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse tweeted that he was "thrilled" to learn the city was a recipient of money to repair the walkway, which runs along the Susquehanna River shoreline.

"The City is elated to learn that PennDOT has accepted our grant request to repair 11,000 feet of concrete along Riverfront Park," Papenfuse said in a subsequent statement. "This is a major grant that will make it easier for people to enjoy the park and get around Harrisburg."

The cash is disbursed through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), though Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials evaluated each application.

The midstate projects are:

Dauphin County

• City of Harrisburg: $1 million to replace 11,000 linear feet of damaged slab and steps along the Riverwalk in Riverfront Park.

Franklin County

• Green Township: $498,420 to construct continuous concrete curb and sidewalk on the east side of Route 1006 (Scotland Main Street) and place a continuous concrete curb along the west side of Scotland Main Street.

Lancaster County

• Elizabethtown Borough: $400,000 to expand the existing pathway network at Elizabethtown Area School District and Elizabethtown College. Additionally, safety enhancements along the existing pedestrian and bicycle pathway network will include lighted crosswalks and pedestrian lighting.

• City of Lancaster: $962,378 to install a pedestrian bridge over the Conestoga River, reconfigure fencing on the existing bridge to accommodate bicyclists, and construct ADA-accessible trail approaches to provide a connection between two open areas.

• West Earl Township: $999,810 to replace curbs, install sidewalk and construct ADA curb ramps on East Main Street. Additionally, a flashing pedestrian signal will be constructed at an existing crosswalk at the intersection of West Main Street and Charles Place.

Lebanon County

• $575,000 to construct the Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails (LVRT) bridge over Swatara Creek and a small section of LVRT in Union and Swatara townships.

York County

• York County Rail Trail Authority: $883,800 for construction of a pedestrian/cycling bridge and ramps over the Codorus Creek at Emig Road as part of Northern Extension of Heritage Rail Trail County Park.

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