York City officials have renewed their pursuit of grant money that could fund the transformation of East Market Street to a two-way road.
The city submitted an application a few weeks ago for a grant through PennDOT, said Jim Gross, director of the city's public works department.
"We have not given up," Gross told members of the public who attended Mayor Kim Bracey's town hall meeting Wednesday.
On the city's wish list for years, the project has been on the shelf since the York City Council nixed a proposal during its 2012 budget debate to borrow $750,000 and pay off the debt in 30 years.
In 2011, state transportation officials declined to award the city $1.5 million to repave Market Street and convert the east side to two-way traffic.
Since then, the project's potential price tag has decreased, however.
That's because plans are already moving forward to repave the two-laned Market Street and construct new wheelchair-accessible ramps at each intersection.
The paving project is scheduled for next year, Gross said.
Lower cost: Because the ramps will be taken care of next year, the project to make Market Street a two-way road should cost about $400,000, Gross said.
If PennDOT awards the grant to York, the city would be responsible for funding about 30 percent of the project's cost, Gross said.
That would amount to $120,000.
Gross said he's hoping to know whether the city will get the PennDOT grant by the end of the year.
Making East Market Street a two-way street would slow traffic, make conditions safer for pedestrians and encourage motorists to visit downtown, he said.
The new configuration would begin at the city's eastern border at Harrison Street. Currently, traffic entering the city on Market Street — also known as Route 462 — from Spring Garden Township must turn right at Harrison Street to travel west on East Philadelphia Street.
East Market Street would remain one-way between Duke Street and Continental Square because the street is significantly narrower there, Gross said.
There are no plans to change the one-way pattern on West Market Street from Pershing Avenue to the square.
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