Wellsboro, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards, local officials, and stakeholders visited a trailhead for the Marsh Creek Greenway in Wellsboro and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address trail connections and other infrastructure needs in Tioga County, and the state.
“The proposed 3.5-mile Marsh Creek Greenway will connect downtown Wellsboro to the 62-mile DCNR-owned Pine Creek Rail Trail – an important economic and recreational asset in the Pennsylvania Wilds region,” Dunn said. “Infrastructure projects such as this trail connector that are important to community revitalization require the type of investment that Restore Pennsylvania could provide.”
Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
DCNR and PennDOT have been supporting the Marsh Creek Greenway project since its inception more than a decade ago. Over the years, both agencies have provided technical assistance to the project along with funding for feasibility work, preliminary engineering, right-of-way and trailhead property acquisition, and design costs.
“Not only would Restore Pennsylvania make more projects like this possible, but it would also help with back roads and flood mitigation,” Richards said. “This county was impacted by our state’s record-breaking year for flood damage, and this program would provide critical funding before and after these emergencies.”
Richards added that there was $125.7 million in flood and significant slide damage to state-maintained roads and bridges in 2018 alone. The department typically budgets approximately $30 million for emergency funding in a given fiscal year. Restore Pennsylvania would not only provide an avenue for communities and people impacted by these emergencies to rebuild their lives, but it will also help PennDOT and communities across the state make improvements to mitigate as much risk as possible.
“I’m proud to be part of the local committee working to make this project a reality. We appreciate all the state support to get this completed, and the push to get more funds allocated to these kinds of important community projects,” said Roy Siefert, Marsh Creek Greenway Trail Advisory Committee member.
The proposed Marsh Creek Greenway trail begins in downtown Wellsboro at an historic trail station, and heads north for about three miles, where it would connect to the northern end of the Pine Creek Rail Trail near the junction of state routes 287 and 6.
To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).
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