WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Out with the old, and in with the new.
That’s the motto when it comes to ‘Restore Pennsylvania’, Governor Wolf’s vision for new development across the Commonwealth.
If all goes as planned, Governor Wolf’s proposal to the legislator will fund major infrastructure projects across Pennsylvania.
One of those projects is the Susquehanna River Walk extension.
“Oh I think it’s great. You know, trails..we do a comprehensive recreation plan every five years and the number one thing that folks in Pennsylvania want to do is they want to walk, and they want to bike, and they like trails,“ said Deputy Secretary at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, John Norbeck.
The riverwalk extension is 2.4 mile top ten trail gap in the state. It would connect the existing river walk from Maynard Street to Penn College.
Ultimately, it’s a 2.5 million dollar project.
“We believe that the river walk extension project is a nice compliment to that program because we are in search of funds,“ said Assistant Transportation Planner in Lycoming County, Mark Murawski.
Right now the river walk is primarily serving the downtown Williamsport area..as well as South Williamsport and goes into Loyalsock.
“But with this project we reach out to many other facets of our community and connect with the original Little League baseball field. We connect with the Newberry area. We also link up with Penn College,“ said Murawski.
“The current access to the river walk and bike path can certainly be improved,“ said Chief of Staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Patrick Marty.
Patrick Marty is the Chief of Staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
He tells Eyewitness News the river walk extension will provide great opportunities for students.
“Basically a natural laboratory for our natural sciences, for our civil engineering, technology and the kind of sustainable design programs that our students are enrolled in at Pennsylvania College of Technology,“ said Marty.
As leaders gathered around the trail to discuss the environmental impact..they say this is a way to make Williamsport an even bigger, vibrant community.
“We’re just trying to make these connections wherever and whenever we can and connecting communities from the economic side from the social side and cultural side,“ said Norbeck.
The goal is to get an engineering firm on board by this year..it will take about two years to design and then hopefully they can start building in 2022.
Restore Pennsylvania is a 4.5 billion dollar program that would last more than four years.