Gil Funding Initiatives April 2012
HABPI partners with various organizations to apply for grants to get money for development of the Gettysburg Inner Loop (link to the info for the GIL). The following are initiatives that have been approved as of April 2012.
Field Survey- A $5,000 grant was received from the PA Department of Health in the summer of 2011 to do a field survey of West Race Horse Alley and West Railroad Street. This survey was completed and was used to reconcile the legal right of way with the actual cart way used in practice. Both of these areas are on the GIL Alignment.
ACTA Bus Terminal-The trail in that section is currently under construction. This is a short 200 foot section adjacent to the Historic Train Station. Bicycle parking is available at the parking deck, but it is anticipated that there will also be bicycle racks at the new bus terminal. This was applied for by The Adams County Transportation Authority and funded by ACTPO.
Steinwehr Ave. Phase 2- This section of bicycle improvements will be built in 2014, at a cost of up to $240,000, funded by the USDOT. HABPI partnered with Gettysburg Borough and the Steinwehr Business District. PennDot was the applicant. We recommended a two way cycle track on the east side of Steinwehr from the GNMP Cyclorama access to Queen St. This 6 foot to 8 foot two way cycle track is separated from automobile traffic by a 2 foot barrier. It is also separated from pedestrian traffic. The section of the GIL from Steinwehr Avenue to Johns Avenue on Queen Street will use "sharrows".
Rec Park- Funding was approved (Gettysburg Borough was the applicant) and construction will take place in 2012, widening the Biser Fitness Trail to better accommodate bicyclists from West Street to Queen Street. It is an off road segment. It was funded by a strong partnership between Gettysburg Hospital, PA DCNR (South Mountain Initiative), Elm Street, HABPI and Gettysburg Borough. The total cash received for materials was $33,000. Additionally, Gettysburg Borough is providing in-kind labor of $38,664 for construction. Gettysburg Hospital provided the largest contribution in the amount of $21,500. This is a critical connector from the Gettysburg National Military Park to the Historic Train Station on Carlisle Street.
ACTPO Long Range Plan Approved- The remaining portions of the western section of the GIL were approved by ACTPO for their Long Range Plan Level II on March 28, 2012 in the amount of $3,442,541. This figure includes design/engineering, construction and construction inspection. This places the GIL in position to obtain future construction funding when funding comes available.