– Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced $1.5 million in state funding has been awarded to the Marsh Creek Greenway project to connect downtown Wellsboro with the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
“This is great news for the community and a great investment in the recreational opportunities available to both residents and visitors to the Wellsboro area,” Owlett said. “So many people have been working so hard on this project, and this funding is another major step forward for us.”
The Marsh Creek Greenway project includes construction of 17,800 linear feet of ADA accessible trail, bike/pedestrian amenities, bridge improvements/replacements, stormwater controls, curbs, sidewalks, signs and public amenities. The project also includes the acquisition and demolition of the freight building to be replaced with the construction of a 5,000-square-foot trailhead building and parking lot to provide public restrooms, retail space, office space, an eatery and a small museum.
When completed, the project is expected to attract more than 64,000 visitors to the area, generate $8 million to $11 million in consumer spending, boost local arts and service industries, and safely accommodate healthy modes of transportation, such as biking, hiking, running and walking.
“While this state funding will not cover the entire cost of the project, the investment is certainly an endorsement of the project’s value and of the hard work poured into it so far,” Owlett said. “Combined with the local support and donations, we are well on the way to making this project a reality. This is just another example of the great things that can happen when we all work together.”
The funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) program, which is dedicated to the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized by the Legislature in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act. Projects must have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
Representative Clint Owlett
68th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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