Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

TRANSPORTATION

Programs

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program

 $1.32 million in Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

 Awarded for 2017

The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) on Monday, December 18, 2017 awarded the investment of $1.3 million in support of innovative regional and local Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TASA) projects. Fifteen (15) municipal application requests competed for an award with the collective ask totaling more than $10 million.

 

TASA projects build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility. Eligible project sponsors include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, and tribal governments.

 

Eligible TASA projects include:

       Bicycle or pedestrian facilities;

       Bicycle and pedestrian education (grades K-8 only);

       Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails;

       Construction of overlooks and viewing areas;

       Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;

       Archaeological activities; and

       Bicycle and pedestrian education.

 

Since the 1990s, more than $30 million has been awarded locally to more than 50 TASA  and the previously named Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects.

 

“Investing in our local transportation infrastructure enhances transportation and recreation options for all users of non-motorized modes of travel, improves air quality, and promotes connectivity of paths and trails” states Becky Bradley, LVPC Executive Director. The following projects were awarded funding:

 

 

2017 Award Recipients

South Bethlehem Corridor Connections:

City of Bethlehem

$500,000

The project in South Bethlehem calls for improving crosswalks at three intersections, adding handicap ramps on four streets and increasing lighting in areas frequented by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Geiger Covered Bridge Rehabilitation:

Lehigh County

$325,900

The project is part of a $1.2 million project to restore the structural integrity and look of the 157-year-old covered bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic places. Deterioration has rendered the bridge unable to handle the  weight of some vehicles.

Hellertown Main St. Pedestrian Safety Initiative:

Borough of Hellertown

$200,000

The project is part of a $1.1 million plan that will include crosswalks, LED lighting and handicap ramps at some of the downtown’s busiest intersections.

Bike Education Program:

Community Bike Works

$160,000

The project helps fund the organization’s bicycle education program, which is targeted at low-income youths, including its earn-a-bike program.

Bike Education Program:

Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

$136,100

The Bethlehem-based organization plans to use the money for bicycle education and promotions for 6,000 youths from kindergarten through eighth grade. The money will help fund 84 events that will include at least 30 school assemblies  focusing on bicycle and helmet safety.

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