Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced $112.2 million in bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and improve air quality across New York. Funding supports projects that include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks that adhere to ADA regulations, improved access to public transportation, and enhanced roadway safety.
Long Island is receiving $2,230,208 in funding for three projects:
$1,580,000 to the Town of Brookhaven for the construction of 2.1 miles of new sidewalk and 1.2 miles of curbs.
$362,208 to the City of Glen Cove for Downtown Business District pedestrian improvements. “This effort is in line with the city’s initiative to move forward with the principles of ‘Complete Streets’ or safe, accessible streets for all users, including our youth, seniors, and the disabled. ‘Complete Streets’ promote health and wellness by supporting walkability and improve quality of life for visitors and residents to our City undergoing rapid revitalization" -Ann Fangmann, AICP, Glen Cove Community Development Agency Executive Director
$288,000 to the Village of Amityville to construct 500 feet of pedestrian/bicycle path.
The highly competitive funding is made available through the FHA and administered by the NYS DOT. The awards are based on programs demonstrating an ability to increase non-vehicular transportation options and reduce traffic congestion- critical enhancements that will improve air quality, promote walking and biking, expand public transportation access, and boost tourism across the state.
"Governor Cuomo continues to make strategic investments that address the increased demand for more walkable and bikeable communities. Promoting local transportation alternatives, tourism and recreation opportunities will enhance regional economic development opportunities and are indicative of the historic commitment New York State is making in transportation infrastructure." - Matthew Driscoll, NYS DOT Commissioner