The West York Council unanimously accepted a draft copy of a West York borough streetscape study that was conducted by the York County Planning Commission.

The purpose of the study is to develop a plan and financing strategy for the improvement of the existing streetscape within West York's central business district. The study examines transportation, pedestrian and economic issues, said Jeph Rebert, senior transportation planner for the planning commission.

The study area is West Market Street from the York city line to Adams Street, and North and South Highland Avenue from West Philadelphia Street to West King Street. It looked at needs, sidewalk and street conditions, parking capacity versus motorist demand, traffic volume, speed and crash data and economic surveys, financial strategies and more.

The state Department of Transportation's Community Transportation Initiatives program provided $60,000 for this study and the York County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provided a local match of $30,000.

Now, engineering is underway for curb and sidewalk improvements in the 1300 block of West Market Street. CDBG funding for this project was approved by the York County Commissioners for $156,000 from the 2009 federal American Recovery and Revitalization Act Community Development Block Grant - Recovery program. This funding is due to expire September 2012.

The borough selected C. S. Davidson Inc. as the engineering firm for the curb and sidewalk project. This selection followed the request for qualification process.

The bidding process to select a contractor for the construction of the improvements is projected for June with installation to follow this summer.

The second and third phases include preparation of a streetscape design including the town square. The project entails development of design options that will address vehicular, mass transit, and pedestrian transportation improvements, aesthetic enhancements and public safety recommendations.

The purpose is to reflect community pride, support commercial activity and property values and enhance vehicular and pedestrian safety West Market Street and Highland Avenue area.

Online

A copy of the draft study is posted on the main webpage of the York County Planning Commission website: www.ycpc.org. The document provides detailed text and visuals of all phases of the study process.