Awards made to support NYS climate goals

Enterprise file photo — Sean Mulkerrin
New York State is promoting the building of sidewalks — as here, in Voorheesville — to encourage non-motorized transportation.

ALBANY COUNTY — Several local municipalities were listed among the 75 statewide that received $178.8 million in funds to improve transportation.
Among the municipalities in the Capital Region, receiving $27.2 million, are:

— $1,569,539 to the town of Bethlehem to construct a paved multi-use path along Cherry Avenue Extension;

—  $910,466 to the town of Guilderland to construct sidewalks to provide pedestrian safety improvements along East Old State Road; and

— $1,014,400 to the Village of Voorheesville to construct and replace sidewalks, curbing, and crosswalks.

The funding will improve access to the transportation system for all users and advance New York State’s agenda to fight climate change by supporting the construction of new sidewalks and shared-use paths to promote non-motorized modes of travel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the governor’s office said in making the announcement.

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, the release said, these awards will leverage nearly $550 million in additional community investments.

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