More feedback sought on long-range plan

By JOSH COTTON

jcotton@timesobserver.com

In June, a public meeting was held to gather feedback on a long-range transportation plan for Warren County.

Now the Northwest Commission Rural Planning organization is looking for municipal feedback.

In addition to contacting all the municipal secretaries, County Planner Dan Glotz discussed the issue, and prospective projects, with the Warren County Council of Governments on Wednesday.

Glotz said that the plan will examine transportation needs in the region for a 25-year period.

Warren County is a member of the Northwest Commission which, along with Forest, Clarion, Venango and Crawford counties, receives a lump sum payment for projects from the state which are distributed among the region.

Glotz said the commission is “looking for projects to include in the plan.”

While he said inclusion does not mean that funding will actually materialize to complete all of them, he wants “to make sure we are not missing anything this time.”

The range of the projects is significant. The commission can include roads, bridges, trails and rail projects in the plan.

“Once we get to the point where funding might be available, we can tackle that,” he said.

Glade Township Supervisor Dave Sedon proposed a climbing lane for trucks near Kinzua Beach heading east on Route 59. Glotz said he as “thought about that a lot. It’s a pretty long hill.”

Glotz also pointed out a similar situation on Route 27 heading out of Grand Valley towards Titusville.

“So we can include those projects,” he said. The commission is “not going to refuse us. (There is) going to be an evaluation process to see if the project is doable.”