York County receives $330 million for four years of transportation projects
The York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was allocated $330 million to fund York County transportation projects.
Every two years, funding is distributed locally for transportation projects that span a four-year period, according to the organization. The breakdown is $221 million from federal taxes, $107 million from state taxes and about $2 million from local taxes, the organization reported.
The public has until Tuesday, June 12, to comment on the 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Programs draft, the organization noted. The list of projects can be found on the YAMPO website.
“The public’s thoughts may not affect this four-year program, but their thoughts could influence how we select future projects,” said Will Clark, chief of transportation planning for the York County Planning Commission and YAMPO.
Current funding covers 72 York County projects, Clark confirmed. It’s anticipated that road crews will be involved in 53 of those projects, he said.
"We have a lot of data concerning the conditions of our roads, conditions of our bridges and travel speeds," Clark said. "We utilize that information to come up with a priority list. And we tie that in with other things that are going on within the county: community development, other projects, utility lines and other things we try to coordinate with."
For the remaining 19 projects, “engineers will do the planning work in the next four years and construction will occur after 2022,” according to a statement.
The draft also includes funds for seven ongoing programs, from approximately $1 million for Commuter Services of Pennsylvania to $10 million to assist local municipalities with congestion to $42 million the federal and state governments allocate to operating Rabbit Transit, the organization explained.
The draft covers funding for $49 million to maintain 56 York County bridges, $88 million for 12 road projects and $5 million to replace outdated buses, the organization reported. Approximately $100 million is planned for resurfacing and widening Interstate 83 from East Market Street to the North George Street interchange, according to the organization.