The Parkesburg Train Station will see significant parking, stormwater management and drainage, and ADA accessibility upgrades courtesy of a new agreement among PennDOT, Amtrak, and Parkesburg Borough.
The plan calls for:
- at least 100 additional parking spots (the station currently has 43)
- significant stormwater management and draining improvements to address flooding issues on Culvert Street
- LED lighting and safety upgrades, including a pedestrian walkway, on the Culvert Street rail underpass
- ADA pedestrian accessibility upgrades, including ramps to the westbound and a new sidewalk on the Culvert Street underpass
- the repaving of Maple Avenue and other streetscape improvements
“The train station is vital to the borough and its residents,” said Neil Vaughn, Parkesburg Borough Manager.
The design work on the $2 million project is expected to take about 15 months, with construction beginning late next year. It will be funded by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan.
Also, PennDOT is slated to begin work on replacing the West Bridge Street Bridge over Amtrak lines in Parkesburg in 2020. The bridge has been closed to traffic and pedestrian use since 1994. The $6.4 million project calls for replacing it with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks and shoulders on both sides. Work is expected to begin next winter.