State approves $1.78 million grant for sidewalks in Holley

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 April 2017 at 3:37 pm

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Holley village officials and residents have been concerned about deteriorating sidewalks, including this one on Geddes Street, which was pictured last September.

HOLLEY – The Village of Holley will get a major overhaul of sidewalks and curbs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon the village has been approved for a $1,780,000 grant to construct curbs and sidewalks that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The governor announced $112.2 million in funding for 81 projects in the state that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, and also improve air quality across New York.

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel,” Cuomo said about the projects. “By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”

The funding, which will provide up to 80 percent of the cost of each project, is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.

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. Including additional public and private funding, these projects will leverage nearly $233 million in construction and operational enhancements that will improve air quality, promote walking and biking, expand public transportation access, and boost tourism across the state.

“This massive federal investment will help New York State make important upgrades for pedestrians and bicyclists and, in turn, encourage New Yorkers to travel more by bike or by foot,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. “Increased biking and walking is good for our collective hearts and lungs; it also reduces congestion and helps boost the economy. These transportation improvements demonstrate the types of important local projects that can only be accomplished with direct public investment.”

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