Clarion Co. transportation project steps toward next phase

The Clarion County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to support the fourth phase of a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for a project in Monroe Township.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the fund “enhances connectivity in our state and allows local projects to benefit all regions.”

Tracy Frampton a planner with the EADS Group, an engineering consulting company, said the application is for the YMCA Corridor Safety Improvements project.

Frampton said the funding would be used for the widening of Mayfield Road, from the newly constructed connector road to Route 68 to the newly constructed bus stop at the new Clarion County YMCA.

The project, he said, would complement three other phases of the improvements to the corridor, which include the construction of the bus loop and connector road to Route 68 and the pending construction of the dedicated bike lane along the entire length of Mayfield Road.

The new road will eliminate the curves on Mayfield Road, making it a straight drive from Route 68 to the YMCA.

Commissioner Ted Tharan said the project is separate from the current PennDOT project widening Route 68.

The application for the grant must be filed by Nov. 6.

According to PennDOT, Multimodal Transportation Fund projects are chosen based on “safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.”