SCHENECTADY COUNTY, N.Y. – Federal funding has been awarded to a number of important trail, sidewalk and road improvement projects in the Capital Region.
The Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail that runs through Schenectady County received $145,000 in funding. The grant will go towards upgrading safety features on the trail in Rotterdam that currently has older style bollards and gates that restrict cars from entering the trail. The bollards have created safety concerns, and will be replaced with new access control devices.
Project construction will take place in 2015.
A $448,000 grant will be used to build sidewalks on Helderberg Avenue in the Town of Rotterdam. This project involves reconstructing 2,800 feet of sidewalk on the west side of Helderberg Avenue plus 800 feet of new sidewalk on the east side of the avenue from Morning Glory Drive to the existing mid-block crossing. The crossing will be improved by adding a flashing beacon and displays that will notify vehicles of their speed. The Helderberg Avenue project is designed to provide safe pedestrian access in the area near Mohonasen Middle and High School.
Construction is scheduled for 2015.
The Town of Niskayuna will receive $229,000 to construct a multi-use path from the Flower Hill cul-de-sac to the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail via Rosendale Road and an existing trail spur along Ferry Bridge Road. The project is designed to improve the pedestrian and cycling environment by better connecting hundreds of households in the eastern end of Niskayuna to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail.
“The Town was pleased to work with the County to secure two grants that will enhance our growing trail system,” said Joe Landry, Town of Niskayuna Supervisor. “These new trails will improve safety and access for Town residents.”
Niskayuna will also receive $100,000 to construct a new multi-use path connecting the Niskayuna Soccer Complex and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail. The connection will improve pedestrian and cycling safety by allowing bikers and walkers a safe way to access the soccer fields.
In addition, the county and city of Schenectady were awarded grants to repave roadways in the city, Rotterdam, and Niskayuna.
“These pavement preservation projects will help the City maintain two important thoroughfares and the federal funding will us to use local resources for other roads that need repair,” said Mayor Gary McCarthy.
The following road pavement projects were approved:
Broadway from Route 7 to City line (Rotterdam) -- $436,000 (2015)
Consaul Road (Niskayuna) -- $622,000 (2015)
Aqueduct Road (Niskayuna) -- $697,000 (2015)
Union Street (Niskayuna) -- $403,000 (2016)
Chrisler Ave. (Rotterdam) -- $274,000 (2016)
City of Schenectady
Guilderland Avenue -- $705,000 (2015)
Broadway downtown from State Street to Millard -- $525,000 (2016)