Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $14.6 million in new funding for four projects supporting bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, as well as projects specifically targeted toward improving air quality in New York City.
The new infrastructure investment, which is part of a $144.6 million investment for 72 projects statewide, will support the construction of new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new ADA accessible sidewalks, improved access to public transportation and enhanced roadway safety.
“New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies,” Governor Cuomo stated. “These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future.”
The projects were selected through a competitive solicitation process. Awardees presented plans that will increase options for non-vehicular transportation, reduce vehicle emissions or traffic congestion, or both. The funding, which will provide up to 80% of the cost of each project, is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered directly by the New York State Department of Transportation.
NYC projects include: $5 million to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to construct a new bike lane on the east promenade of Roosevelt Island; $793,000 to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a new pedestrian and bicycle connection on Randall’s Island; $2.1 million to the New York City Department of Transportation toward construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities identified for the Harlem River Bridges Plan; and $1.7 million to the New York City Department of Transportation for construction of new pedestrian refuge islands, median extensions and other pedestrian accessibility enhancements.
Additional projects will be announced later.