WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The city of Williamsport has received a grant to help with an addition to one of its most used recreational spaces.

The city has decided to build a connector for the Susquehanna Riverwalk. This will make it safer and more convenient for people who walk this scenic trail.

“It’ll be just another [way] for folks to get on the Riverwalk and enjoy the amenities that we have here in Williamsport,” said Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter.

The city of Williamsport received a $50,000 state grant to help fund a connector, making it easier to reach the Susquehanna Riverwalk.

“This will provide, hopefully, easier access and an easier way for them to get from Basin Street and give them a point to get onto the Riverwalk that’s more accessible or more easily accessed,” predicted Slaughter.

Currently, the walkway can be accessed by a ramp on either end near Route 15 or from a small trail seen here, by the railroad tracks.

This outline shows the new path that will start by the Panera Bread restaurant on Basin Street, run under I-80, and connect to the Riverwalk.

“It’s going to have sidewalks, it’s going to have an ADA access ramp, and it’s going to get you right up over the railroad tracks, right onto the Riverwalk,” Slaughter told Eyewitness News.

This project is years in the making and Jon Sander, the city’s engineer, is helping with its design.

“We already have conceptual plans which I have in front of me here, designed by a local firm,” stated Sander.

The western side, the Panera side, is pretty much good to go. Whereas the eastern side with the railroad and the levee has a few more challenges involved.

The construction is expected to begin in 2023. The city’s officials give thanks to the county, Lycoming College and PennDOT for making this project possible.