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Request for Qualifications and Proposals – LHRT Pedestrian Connection to Steamtown NHS

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) is requesting proposals from registered design and engineering professionals to provide conceptual and final plans for a pedestrian connection between the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and Steamtown NHS with ADA accessibility.

  • The selected firm will be asked to prepare between three to five concept plans that fulfill our access and destination requirements and are within our proposed budget.
  • Once a final concept has been selected, the firm will be responsible to providing the final design and engineering construction drawings.

The project location is in the general region of “Bridge Street” and “Railroad Bridge 60” to the West and the Steamtown National Park  & Electric City Trolley Museum to the East.

Ideal for walking and biking, the objective of the trail bridge is to connect or link the Lackawanna Heritage River Trail with the National Park Site, in order to open up the park to more pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Other noteworthy considerations:

 Near the location and remaining structure of the former “Bridge Street,” River Bridge, that previously crossed the Lackawanna River, is the entrance to the former Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company (PG&W) (now UGI)  historic “Gas House” Site, where a future county park and river landing is being proposed at the conclusion of an environmental clean-up.

Also, at a Southern point near the parking area in close proximately to the Northeastern side of the Electric City Trolley Museum, A historic underground tunnel that formerly linked with Lackawanna Avenue to the North, runs under the Steamtown Railyard tracks and exits near Lackawanna County’s present intermodal Transportation terminal.

Design and Engineering of the bridge and trail connection shall be complete by fall 2019 and set to bid out through PennDOT’s ECMS system for construction in the spring of 2020. The design for the project is funded through a grant from the Federal Land Access Program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the City of Scranton. The agencies have certain requirements and standards that must be met by LHVA and its contracted consultant. The agencies will monitor the project. Certain documents and drafts of documents will be subject to review and approval by both agencies.

There will be a project overview meeting on Wednesday September 26th at 10:00AM at the Electric City Trolley Museum.

Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m. Thursday, October 11.

RFP for Design of the Pedestrian Connection to Steamtown
Exhibit A –  Nondiscrimination – Sexual Harassment Clause
Exhibit B – PennDOT Pub408 Document
Exhibit C – PennDOT Design Manual 2
Exhibit D – Project Area Map