For Franklin, this means the downtown improvement projects that are underway to improve driver, pedestrian and bicycle safety will get a boost, and allow additional work to move forward. This project will be folded into plans by the state to resurface and improve safety along Liberty Street which is expected to happen in the next couple of years, Jamieson soad. The sidewalk improvement project is currently underway is also a partnership with the state.
This plan also allows for "bump outs" to decrease the distance for pedestrians crossing Liberty at 12th by several feet, perhaps as much as 30 feet at one crossing.
Some parking along Liberty will be lost but Jamieson pointed out the plans to turn 12th Street between Liberty and Buffalo into a one-way will allow additional parking spots there.
The city will gain at least five additional parking spots, maybe more, according to Power.
Landscaping is expected to be done to improve visibility and the bend at the intersection will be lessened. The goal of the project improvements is to increase safety all-around, according to Jamieson.
A list of awards for the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Projects, including those funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (noted as “(BIL)”), is available on the program web page.
Power indicated that for this project, they could request up to a million. "That's what we asked for and that's what we got," she said. Jamieson credits Power, calling this grant her baby.
The applications were reviewed by representatives from PennDOT, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Department of Health, and three Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations.