Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced $30.1 million in new funding has been awarded for 15 projects, including one on Grand Island, that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, as well as projects specifically targeted toward improving air quality in Western New York.
This new infrastructure investment, which is part of a $144.6 million investment statewide, will support the construction of new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, more accessible sidewalks, improved access to public transportation and enhanced roadway safety.
One of the state projects is $300,000 to the Town of Grand Island for new pedestrian accessibility enhancements along Baseline Road. Grand Island Deputy Supervisor Jim Sharpe said the money is another Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the Department of Transportation the supervisor’s office submitted for last year and that the Town Board approved. The project will construct a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Baseline Road from Webb Road to Whitehaven Road, Sharpe said.
“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,” Cuomo said. “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 announced Wednesday 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.