The Highland Street Corridor Improvement/Sidewalk Project will extend from Church Street to the proposed Bishop Park in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, PA. This corridor was identified in need of pedestrian and mobility improvements by the Swatara Township Police and the Central Dauphin School District. It will create a connection from the schools to the proposed recreational facilities (Bishop Park) and enhance access to CAT services and adjacent commerce areas.
Dawood was able to bring representatives from the TCRPC, PennDOT, Central Dauphin School District, and Swatara Township to the table to discuss the project and develop several solutions. A critical component within these discussions was the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS enabled Dawood to communicate the project’s regional influence, connectivity, and community’s need in a highly flexible and dynamic manner.
In 2019, Dawood assisted the Township and School District by installing safety lights along the corridor to improve pedestrian safety for the school children who walk to and from the Swatara Middle School. In 2020, Dawood prepared the preliminary engineering, scope of work and budget to apply for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s HATs Multimodal grant program. Our efforts included Design & Engineering, Survey, Right-Of-Way, NEPA Compliance searches, Stormwater Management, Permitting & Compliance, Construction estimates, and estimate for construction costs. Before submitting the application, Dawood worked with the Township to secure $50,000 from the Central Dauphin School District to fulfill the $100,000 required match. The Township recently was awarded the grant from TCRPC for $403,000. Final engineering and construction will begin in 2021-2022.
Dawood provides a continuum of service where we seek to identify implementable projects, acquire public funding, and construct projects. Dawood looks holistically at the bigger picture to better understand regional influences and integrate additional solutions.
As an example of this, Dawood has continued their work in completing the regional connectivity, incorporating Highland Street improvements into the proposed Bishop Park. This park, adjacent to Highland street, would include a connectivity trail between Highland Street and Eisenhower Boulevard, filling a critical gap within bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, enhancing safety, and increasing access to goods, services, and recreational opportunities for a highly diverse population.