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Portage Borough is moving forward with implementing several improvement projects to enhance the community.  This webpage provides up to date information on the projects.

 Portage Area Comprehensive Plan

Portage Borough, Portage, Township, Cassandra Borough, the Portage Area Planning Commission, and the Eads Group present the final plans of the Portage Area Comprehensive and trail feasibility study. The plan is presented in a pdf format for your review.


Final Plan of the Comprehensive Plan-June 2013

Final Plan of Regional Plan Background -June 2013

Revised Draft of the Comprehensive Plan-April 2013

Draft of the Comprehensive Plan

The Draft of the Trail Feasibility Plan


 Main & Dulancey Intersection

This project consists of widening the curb radius in the northeast quadrant of the intersection to accomodate larger vehicles.  The design also includes proposed curb ramps and sidewalks to be upgraded to current ADA requirements.  Overlay of bituminous material will be from the Sonman Bridge to the railroad crossing at North Railroad Avenue.    At the January committee meeting, an update on the project is as follows: 

Sidewalk Maintenance Agreement approved between the Borough and PennDot

Contribution Agreement approved between the Borough and PennDot

Two trees will be removed on Main Street and two trees removed on Legion Avenue

A utility meeting was held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014.




 Water Project

The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Portage is in the process of water system improvements: 
Contract 2011-1:  Martindale Water Transmission Main
Contract 2011-2:  Spring Hill Distribution System
Contract 2011-3 Spring Hill Water Storage Tank
Work on the above 3 three contracts is about finished.  All water mains and services are installed along with the new tak (1 million gallon capacity).  The work that remains on these contracts consist mostly of restoration work (paving, concrete work, seeding and mulching).  With monies left over from these contracts along with grant money from BAMR the authority plans on installing/replacing waterlines in parts of the Jamestown Area and providing water service to residents along Twin Lakes Road and Sportsman Road.  This work is tentively slated to begin in July.
The Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County will administer the projects for which the authority received grant money.  The CDBG is for $500,000.00.  It will be used for various public water system improvements throughout Portage Borough and Portage Township.  The tentative schedule for this work is as follows:
Bid in April, open bids in May, start construction in July

 Mountain Avenue Sidewalk Project

Portage Borough was successfully awarded the 2013-2014 Transportation Enhancement for the Portage Borough Pedestrian Corridor Enhancement Project (Mountain Avenue Sidewalk Replacement Project) in the amount of $233,000.00.  Scheduled meetings for the project have begun with PennDot representatives; Borough Officials, and the Portage Area Planning Commission.  As of the January, 2014 meeting, Borough Council had selected Stiffler, McGraw & Associates as the construction inspection services for the contract.  Also discussed was the removal of three trees on Mountain Avenue and gas line utility locations and markings.  The project is expected to bid in early spring. 

 Demo's and Renovations

Mainline Pharmacy has acquired the 619 Main Street property .The structure is the process of demolition.  Pictures are also available on the left navigation under "In the Past Photo's" on the homepage. 

The Olde Kegg is undergoing inside and outside renovations and expansion.  Kevin Zock has been working diligently on the project and is commended for his efforts.



 Gary's Steals and Deals has acquired the building next door and expanded its business.  The Main Street storefront has been cosmetically lifted with new sidewalks and siding.


 Sewer Project

The Portage Area Sewer Authority is in the planning stages of a project that will provide public sewer service to the village of Puritan, Fiddlers Green, and Martindale.  The homes in this area need sewer service provided to ensure the health and safety of the public and the environment by eliminating illegal sewer discharges from failing on-lot systems. 

In addition to the work planned in Portage township, the Sewer Authority is planning on replacing over half of their system in Ward 3 of Portage Borough.  The lines to be replaced in the Borough are well beyond their service life and are riddled with defects.  Upon completion of the proposed project, flow to the Authority's treatment plant will be reduced during wet weather which will help the plant run more efficiently. 

The Sewer Authority is taking the steps to complete the planning required by funding agencies.  In addition to low interst loans, the Sewer Authority is applying for a grant through the DCED PENNWORKS program.