Posted by: Faith Butcher
SOUTHEAST, N.Y. – The town of Southeast has been awarded $2 million in funding to convert the Morningthorpe Avenue bridge into a pedestrian walkway.
The funds are made available through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered by NYSDOT. The state announced a total of $67 million for 63 projects that were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that included environmental enhancement to and for the transportation system; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and level of community support.
“Working together we continue to do great things for the Town of Southeast. Working with County Legislators Joe Castellano and Roger Gross and Councilmen Hudak, Cullen and Alvarez, we have been able to accomplish so very much,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The funding for this bridge is just the latest announcement in a long line of grants for the Town of Southeast. This bridge, which was actually closed in 2008 for safety concerns, has been an eyesore and public safety issue for many years. I am so happy to be able to deliver this funding to invest in Putnam County and the Town of Southeast to convert this bridge into a walkway for residents to enjoy.”
In 2003 the Putnam County Commissioner of Highways and Facilities received notification from the State of New York Department of Transportation that the Morningthorpe Bridge had been given a “Red Flag” status, and by 2008 the bridge was closed, due to safety concerns.
The bridge will be converted into a pedestrian walkway providing a safe pathway for residents who cross Route 22 to walk to the Village of Brewster Train Station, as well as aesthetically enhancing the area.
“The effort to fund the Morningthorpe Bridge project has been a long time coming ,” said Putnam County Legislator Roger Gross. “I appreciate collaborating with Senator Ball to gain state funding for this project. $2 Million will go a long way in assisting Putnam County, and I am grateful for the Senator’s continued support.”
Southeast Councilwoman Elizabeth Hudak concurred.
In addition to the bridge in Putnam County, other funding that has been announced included $788,000 for the City of Peekskill’s Streetscape improvements along Brown, South, South Division, and Esther Streets as well as $1,480,000 for the Scotts Corner Bike/Pedestrian Safety Streetscape Project in the Town of Pound Ridge. (ARTICLE)