Construction of New Accessible
Sidewalks and Shared Use Paths
Governor Kathy Hochul announced $178.8 million has been awarded to 75 communities across New York State for projects that promote environmentally friendly modes of travel and make it easier and safer to walk, bike or hike. The funding will improve access to the transportation system for all users and advance New York State’s nation-leading agenda to fight climate change by supporting the construction of new sidewalks, shared use paths and other enhancements that facilitate the use of non-motorized modes of travel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More than two-thirds of the projects awarded will benefit Environmental Justice Communities, thereby helping to improve connectivity, air quality and bicycle and pedestrian access for the predominantly low-and-moderate-income families living in those areas.
Locally, $3,999,420 was awarded to the Village of Mamaroneck to construct sidewalk, curbs, traffic calming measures and pedestrian crossing along Halstead Avenue.
“As demonstrated through the recently adopted State Budget and our historic capital plan, New York continues to make unprecedented investments so we can build back stronger than ever before,” Governor Hochul said. “We’re investing in strategic initiatives across the state to improve quality of life, promote economic growth, and revitalize our communities. Most importantly, by advancing mobility alternatives, these awards will provide new opportunities and remove barriers for individuals in Environmental Justice Communities that have traditionally lacked adequate transportation access.”
“New York is committed to moving projects like this forward that will not only help lower emissions using transportation alternatives but will also mitigate traffic congestion and help improve connectivity, air quality and access for predominantly low-and-moderate-income families,” said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “This funding is a win for all regions across New York State, and it is another example of our commitment to making smart investments today that will benefit New Yorkers for generations to come.”
The funding, which provides up to 80 percent of total project costs, is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. Projects were selected through a competitive solicitation process that required awardees to demonstrate how proposed activities would contribute to increasing the use of non-vehicular transportation alternatives, reduce vehicle emissions and/or mitigate traffic congestion. Combined with project sponsor contributions, these awards will leverage nearly $550 million in additional community investments.
Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “I am proud to join Governor Hochul to announce these funds for critical transportation improvements in our parks and public spaces. In New York’s 16th Congressional District, the City of New York, Hastings on Hudson and the Village of Mamaroneck will all benefit from these improvements to make public spaces more accessible while easing traffic congestion. I look forward to seeing these projects under way and supporting more transportation efforts.”