GLENS FALLS — The city has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to construct a new trail connection between the Warren County Bikeway and the Feeder Canal Trail.
This project is one of 11 in the Capital Region that will receive a total of $27 million in funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The money will be used for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and projects that improve air quality, according to a news release.
EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew said previously that the project would link Murray Street and its playground, Mohican Street and Oakland Avenue to Pruyn’s Island, the Feeder Canal, Haviland Cove and the Hudson River.
The project aims to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, connect parts of the city to downtown and recreational areas and provide connections to other bike and pedestrian pathways.
There will be dedicated bike lanes along Murray Street between Hudson Avenue and Pruyn’s Island; connections to the Feeder Canal Bike Trail at the intersection of Murray Street and Mohican Street; and connections to the Warren County Bikeway at McDonald Street.
A pedestrian and bicycle bridge will be built over the Feeder Canal at the end of Murray Street next to the current vehicle bridge to separate bicycle and truck traffic. There will be directional signs and bike racks installed along the way.
Bartholomew said Wednesday this project will create a hub for bicycle and pedestrian connections.
“The bicyclists will be able to go in different directions,” he said.
It is a similar project to the multi-use path the city built on Fire Road, which included new sidewalks on Kensington Road and an asphalt path along Jerome Avenue that connects to Fire Road, the YMCA and Crandall Park.
“This follows with what Mayor Hall and the council is looking for — more walkability and sustainability for Glens Falls,” Bartholomew said.
The grant requires a match of 20 percent. Bartholomew said the next step is for state Department of Transportation to formally award the contract. Some parts of it may be constructed in 2019 and others in 2020.
In addition, the town of Warrensburg was awarded $911,000 for pedestrian accessibility upgrades along River Street.
“These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future,” Cuomo said in a news release.