- June 19, 2017 REPORTING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING: The Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI, for short) for the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project is now available online at www.susrailbridge.com or in City Hall for a hard copy, and includes the main report which was signed May 31st, 2017 and several Appendices. This project will have a huge impact on the City and the region and I urge everyone to get familiar with the FONSI, but specifically adjacent private property owners. The project will affect close to one mile of land along the rail line from Lewis Lane to the shoreline at the crossing over the Susquehanna River. The project consists of two new bridges and provides four tracks, which will reduce a bottleneck for freight, MARC and Amtrak rail service at this bridge location along the Northeast Corridor. One new bridge will be built upstream (i.e. north) of the existing bridge and then the existing bridge will be replaced with a second sister bridge of the same Girder/Arch design. According to the project website, the current 110-year-old bridge is approaching the end of its service life. The Preferred Alignment that was determined is Alternative 9A and will allow speeds of 160-mph along this stretch of the Northeast Corridor. If you are interested in this project and the Finding of No Significant Impact, please come into City Hall to see it or check the project website. The FONSI is located near the front billing counter or ask for Dianne Klair in the Planning Department with any specific questions you may have.
- Comcast Franchise Agreement The franchise agreement with Comcast is necessary so that Comcast can operate business in City right of ways for certain fees and considerations. The City receives numerous request from the Public concerning Comcast as well as other internet and cable television providers. This franchise agreement does not preclude any other provider from doing business in the City. The question most often asked is, “Why City residents do not have access to high speed internet products like FIOS?” After speaking with Verizon, the supplier of the FIOS service, it has been discovered that bringing FIOS to the City is simply not in their immediate business plan.