Council unanimously approved a proposal for the survey, design and permitting of the Lemont streetscape project on Thursday.
The project, originally proposed in October, seeks to add sidewalks, crosswalks and parallel parking, along with traffic calming elements, to the township village.
While the project was initially looked at as a longer-term undertaking, township engineer Kent Baker said, the township formed an agreement with Delta Development Group Inc. — which actively seeks grant funding — in February.
According to Baker, the township may be able to get funding before the end of the year.
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“We planned to continue someday getting a grant for this project,” he said, discussing the possibility of funding in the immediate future. “By that, we have to accelerate this final design.”
The proposal submitted by Keller Engineering contains all the design services to complete the final design, obtain permitting and send the project to bid, a memo from Baker to the township said. The proposal fee totals $97,175.
The project was originally budgeted with a total of $30,000, Baker said, as all final design work wasn’t expected to be completed this year. However, he said, the additional funds can be found thanks to some project changes.
A proposed walkway along Boalsburg Road was budgeted to cost $50,000 as part of the Oak Hall project, he said, but the actual contribution will come in at just more than $18,000. And the Penn Hills sidewalk project, budgeted at $71,000, is unlikely to begin in 2016.
Work on the project will continue throughout the year, he said, and a final design will likely not be finished until late in the year.