By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — The town is set to receive more than $800,000 in state funding, part of a statewide effort to enhance transportation options.
The $848,840 will go toward extending the network of trails in town. Clifton Park has built 13 miles of trails since 2000 by utilizing state grant money, and in this instance, the funding will go to building more trails in the Crescent Road and Moe Road areas.
The funding is part of $112.2 million in funds that will be distributed among 81 projects statewide, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday.
The effort seeks to enhance bicycle and pedestrian travel, as well as creating multi-use roadways and trails that meet the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In total, the Capital Region will received $13.1 million.
A total of $1.5 million will go to Saratoga Springs to complete the Greenbelt Trail Downtown Connector, and $1.5 million will go to Schenectady County to construct the River Road/Rosendale Road Roundabout.
Clifton Park submitted an application to receive the grant several months ago, said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. The money will be used for a new trail that proceeds west along Crescent Road, where the current trail ends. It will then connect with a trail on Moe Road and continue north past the intersection of Sugarbush Road.
Essentially, said Barrett, the new trail will allow people to safely travel directly from Okte Elementary School on Crescent Road to Route 146. The trail on Moe Road now ends at Carlson Way.
“The timing is terrific in this instance,” Barrett said. “It will provide a tremendous connection.”
Now that the town has secured the grant, Barrett said the next phase of the project is to plan for construction. As of Wednesday, there was no estimate for when the new trail will be finished. The town will look to construct a timeline for the project and will establish specific goals that should be accomplished, as construction progresses.
“It’s very expensive. It’s not just putting down dirt and laying some asphalt,” Barrett said.