Clifton Park receives state funding for sidewalks

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By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — Route 146 will soon have some new sidewalks, the result of over $200,000 of state funding.

On Wednesday, Clifton Park was granted $220,000 to build 2,160 feet of sidewalks in town. The funding was awarded to the town via the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council.

The walkway will be constructed within the northern section of the right of way boundary of Route 146 from Northcrest Drive to the intersection of Tallow Wood Drive and Route 146. It will tie into an existing Town Center sidewalk network that has already been constructed.

“The grant award will allow for the installation of a sidewalk along the north side of Route 146 and is located within our Town Center. The timing for the grant application process was advantageous. The Town Center Plan identifies as one of its goals, to further enhance safe pedestrian access in the study area,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said in a statement. “Also during 2017, the town has been working toward a clean air grant and official designation through a New York State program. Based on the funding source for the grant award we received today, the work toward achieving the clear air designation will be a complementary effort.”

A part of the new Crescent Road trail in town, near Exit 8. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

A part of the new Crescent Road trail in town, near Exit 8.
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Since 2000, the town has added over 14 miles of new trails and sidewalks to the area while also expanding opportunities for safe pedestrian and bicyclist travel. The expanded network connects neighborhoods and parks, while providing easier access to businesses, healthcare services, service organizations and government facilities.  Barrett noted that the new sidewalk will also provide easier access within the Exit 9 area.

Also announced on Wednesday was $1 million from the state that the City of Mechanicville will be used to to install a new storm drainage system on South Central Avenue.