South Middleton Township will receive a $500,000 grant for its project to install a sidewalk and crosswalk system in Boiling Springs, state Rep. Torren Ecker and state Sen. Mike Regan announced Tuesday.
The grant will come from the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The township plans to install an ADA-accessible looped sidewalk and crosswalk system, as well as traffic calming measures to and from the South Middleton School District complex and throughout the village of Boiling Springs.
The improvements will occur along First Street from High Street to Front Street and continue from Front Street to Arnold Street. The sidewalk system will run along High Street, connecting Arnold Street to First Street.
The township said the project will alleviate several significant traveling hazards that exist due to the village’s century-old layout, consistent and heavy pedestrian traffic and existing roads that handle more than 5,000 daily vehicle trips. The current sidewalk setup includes abrupt grade changes or interruptions by intersecting alleys, which the township said results in an unsafe system for pedestrians.
The township in 2016 conducted the Boiling Springs Sidewalk and Traffic Calming Feasibility Analysis, which recommended improving pedestrian connections, enhancing sidewalk connectivity and installing traffic calming improvements.
“The advancement of the proposed pedestrian and public safety initiative is an exciting endeavor that will complement the village of Boiling Springs’s ongoing revitalization,” township manager Cory Adams said.
“Our community is working to ensure that pedestrians in South Middleton are as safe as possible, and this grant will go a long way in achieving that goal,” Ecker said in a news release. “We are thankful to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for helping Cumberland County fund these projects.”
Three other Cumberland County projects also received Multimodal Transportation Fund grants.
According to Regan, Hampden Township will receive $400,000 for road improvements at the Carlisle Pike and South Sporting Hill Road intersection, where there will be efforts to alleviate traffic congestion and increase pedestrian safety. Improvements will be made on the eastbound and westbound sides of the Carlisle Pike, with an extended eastbound right-turn lane, creating two through lanes from Gateway Drive to South Sporting Hill Road. The westbound right turn lane will also be extended, and the project will also involve excavation, storm water improvements, curb installation, road resurfacing, utility pole relocation, signage and pavement markings.
The Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority and Rider Musser Development LLC will receive a $2.5 million grant and $3.75 million loan to develop a multi-phase mixed-used development in Upper Allen Township, Regan said. Rider-Musser is a development company created by Messiah College with the aim of developing unused land owned by the school to offset rising tuition costs.
Phase one of the development consists of 392 apartment units, while phase two will develop the commercial portion that consists of 52.49 acres. The site will be developed to include a hotel with meeting space, a medical facility and office, a bank and restaurants. It is anticipated that the project will result in the creation of 538 new jobs, Regan said in a news release.
The fourth project in Cumberland County will be in Camp Hill, where the borough will receive $700,000 for pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along Market Street. Revitalization efforts from 15th Street to 26th Street will be made to create a safer and more attractive downtown business corridor, Regan said. In addition to sidewalk repairs, traffic signals will be retimed, pedestrian bump outs will be added, existing crosswalks will be redesigned, additional crosswalks will be added and there will be new pedestrian scale lighting and shared lane markings.