July 7, 2014 at 3:25 AM
It asked for $1 million, but it got $635,000—and now Lansdale Borough is one step closer to bringing its portion of the Liberty Bell Trail to completion.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission announced at the end of June that Lansdale was one of 11 projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania to be awarded money out of a total $7.5 million under the Transportation Alternatives Program.
The award requires a 20 percent match from the municipality—meaning Lansdale will put up $129,000 toward the project.
Lansdale's Liberty Bell Trail will connect Upper Gwynedd, Lansdale and Hatfield and route through Stony Creek Park, Andale Green, the municipal complex and Madison Lot.
In April, council approved the submission of the $1 million grant to DVRPC, in order to receive financial assistance to construct public improvements related to the Liberty Bell Trail through TAP. The idea behind the federal program is to give citizens an alternative to vehicle-based transportation.
Utilities Director Jake Ziegler made the announcement to the Public Works Committee last week.
"This is another project that will be funded through PennDOT, so we have to go through their procedure. We're a little bit farther along on this one," Ziegler said. "We have to make sure that sometime in the next month or two we have some sort of preliminary meeting with PennDOT to sort out what the details are as far as what we have to do."