$97.7 million for environmentally friendly travel projects including sidewalks, bike paths, and transit enhancements

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New York Construction Report staff writer

More than 30 communities will share $97.7 million for projects that promote alternative, environmentally friendly modes of travel, such as walking, biking or riding mass transit including new sidewalks, shared use paths and other enhancements that facilitate the use of non-motorized modes of travel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Transportation Alternatives Program focuses on transportation related projects which provide infrastructure to improve sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle safety, enhancements in access to public transportation, safe routes to schools for students and their parents, and the creation of trailway networks.

Projects were broken into four categories:

  • $57.8 million to improve sidewalks, pedestrian, and bicycle safety
  • $21.2 million to create and expand trailway networks
  • $17.3 million to provide safe routes to schools
  • $1.3 million for bus shelters and transit enhancements

Projects were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that included public benefit, air quality improvements, cost-effectiveness, and partnerships. Projects must be related to the surface transportation system and provide full access to the public. The TAP project awards amount to no less than $500,000 and no more than $5 million for any single project.

Capital Region – $4.3 million

  • $1,481,600 to the Village of Altamont for sidewalk installation and improvement on Maple Avenue and Bozenkill Road.
  • $1,626,720 to the Town of Malta for a pedestrian and bike pathway along Route 9.
  • $1,193,187 to the Town of North Greenbush for sidewalk construction on U.S. Route 4.

Central New York – $7.9 million

  • $803,898 to the Village of Solvay for Empire State Trail improvements as well as repairs on Belle Isle Road.
  • $3,146,400 to the City of Syracuse sidewalk improvements in the Inner Harbor area.
  • $3,944,000 to the City of Syracuse for the construction of a physical separated shared use path on the West Side Trail.

Finger Lakes – $10.3 million

  • $1,153,534 to the City of Batavia to install sidewalk connecting the Jackson Street elementary school with Batavia Middle School.
  • $3,475,945 to the Town of Livonia for the construction and extension of sidewalks on Big Tree Road.
  • $679,511 to the County of Monroe for the construction of a mobile traffic safety education facility to encourage participation in Safe Routes to School.
  • $3,970,400 to the City of Rochester for traffic calming and pedestrian safety at 12 priority intersections.
  • $1,090,557 to the Town of York for sidewalks, mid-crossings, signage, and tree plantings approaching the intersection of Stare Routes 63 and 36.
  • $5,000,000 to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to resurface and repair culverts along seven miles of trail from State Route 5, south to the York Landing parking lot.

Long Island – $6.9 million

  • $4,028,800 to the Village of Garden City to build or reconstruct pedestrian curb ramps to ADA standards at targeted locations.
  • $2,947,840 to the Town of Southampton enhance pedestrian infrastructure along a two-mile segment of Nyack Road.

Mid-Hudson – $28.5 million

  • $1,088,499 to the Town of Crawford to remove and replace sidewalks and crosswalks to meet all ADA requirements on State Route 52 and Seybolt Lane.
  • $3,859,742 to the Town of Greenburgh for pedestrian improvements including sidewalks, ramps, and crosswalks, along Old Army Road.
  • $2,341,220 to the Town of Greenburgh for sidewalk construction on State Route 100A between Knollwood Shopping Center and Greenburgh Health Center.
  • $1,472,000 to the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson to construct new sidewalk sections on Rosedale Avenue, add catch basins, and rehabilitate the staircase connecting Rosedale Avenue to Hamilton Avenue via Prescott Place.
  • $1,224,480 to the Town of Mamaroneck for improvement to Colonial Avenue to provide a safe route for elementary school children and parents.
  • $5,000,000 to the Town of New Castle for an off-road multi-use trail (ChapLine) connecting Chappaqua Crossing to a bike easement in Chestnut Oaks.
  • $1,600,000 to the Village of Rhinebeck for safety upgrades and trail connections for users of all abilities.
  • $3,878,789 to the Village of Sleepy Hollow for the installation and construction of sidewalks, curbs, ramps, and historic signage from the public visitor center to Devries Park.
  • $1,715,270 to the Village of Wesley Hills for the installation of ADA compliant sidewalks Willow Road to Lime Kiln Road.
  • $5,000,000 to the City of Yonkers completely rehabilitate South Broadway, replacing sidewalks, paving roads, installing new lights and trees, and creating new bike lanes.
  • $1,361,120 to the Rockland County Highway Department to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at key intersection in the Town of Stony Point.

Mohawk Valley – $6.7 million

  • $1,498,624 to the Town of Kirkland to construct a pedestrian bridge, two trailheads with parking, and a 10-goot wide, 4,600-foot section of the proposed Phase 2 of the Kirkland Trail.
  • $4,613,276 to the City of Utica – Engineering Department for the construction of seven blocks of new pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, reducing Broad Street from four to two lanes to accommodate bike lanes, center medians, and multi-use sidewalks.
  • $589,760 to the Capital District Transportation Authority to design and construct an intersection improvement in Amsterdam to better manage pedestrian safety and access to transit.

North Country – $3.1 million

  • $1,192,458 to the Town of Long Lake for the construction and replacement of sidewalks along Main Street.
  • $1,948,000 to the Clinton County Planning Department for rehabilitation and refurbishment of the Keeseville Swing Bridge to preserve a historic transportation structure that provides a pedestrian path over the AuSable River.

Southern Tier – $7.9 million

  • $4,112,000 to the Village of Dryden to construct new sidewalks along Mott Road, North Road, State Roue 13, Enterprise Drive, Ellis Drive, Freeville Road near the Dryden Middle and High Schools, and Union Street near the Elementary School.
  • $1,146,400 to the Town of Ithaca to construct a multi-use trail and lighting along East Shore Drive from the intersection with Cayuga Street to the intersection with James L. Gibbs Drive.
  • $2,656,000 to the Village of Trumansburg to construct a new sidewalk system along Main Street near the Trumansburg Central School District.

Western New York – $16.8 million

  • $2,785,194 to the Town of Hamburg for a new comprehensive multimodal system including the construction of new sidewalks, bike lanes, and crossings along South Park Avenue.
  • $3,392,800 to the Village of Lancaster to fill in the gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle network along Central Avenue.
  • $5,000,000 to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to construct and improve culverts in key drainage locations parallel to State Route 19/19A and construct a continuous trial in sections previously lost.
  • $695,767 to the Seneca Nation of Indians to build six bus shelters on the two Seneca Nation’s residential territories: the Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories.


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