CHESTNUT GROVE — Bloom Township Supervisors are submitting a grant to apply for funds to upgrade the road leading to a popular county tourist destination.
With a unanimous vote, supervisors on Tuesday approved submitting the request to the state Department Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.
According to information on its website, DCED’s Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Applications are due to DCED by July 31.
Supervisors Bill Kendall and Tom Leonard reported they had an opportunity to speak with representatives of state Department of Transportation’s Municipal Services recently, and they encouraged the township to apply for funds to upgrade Bilger’s Rocks Road where Bilger’s Rocks is located, Sixth Street Extension, Evergreen Road and a bridge/box culvert on Bilger’s Rocks Road.
Officials estimated the project at nearly $2.2 million. The township would be responsible to provide 30 percent of the cost in matching monies estimated at nearly $660,000. If the application is successful, funds would not be received before 2021.
Township Secretary Shelia Doane reported she had requested letters of support for the project from several county agencies. Three were received from the Clearfield County Commissioners, Clearfield County Planning Department and Bilger’s Rocks Association.
Kendall said he believes the upgrade would encourage more visitors to Bilger’s Rocks.
To gather information and discuss responses for the application, the supervisors approved scheduling a work session on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
Doane said she would contact the bank used by the township to inquire about a loan for the grant’s match. She said she would also contact the state Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure Bank about the availability of a loan and terms.