Southeast, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the Morningthorpe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Connection in the town of Southeast has been awarded $2,000,000 in funding to convert the 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. 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,” said Senator Greg Ball.
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.
“This investment in our community will allow my neighbors and all visitors to have a safe pathway to the Brewster Train Station – all while creating jobs and growing our local economy. Because of the partnership of local, state and federal leaders, we got results that will make a difference for folks in the Town of Southeast,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
“The effort to fund the Morningthorpe Bridge project has been a long time coming. 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,” said Putnam County Legislator Roger Gross.
“The Senator’s continued leadership has been of great benefit to Brewster, Southeast, and all of Putnam County. The recently secured $2 Million grant for Morningthorpe Bridge is a essential funding source for the long troubled pedestrian connection. I look forward to working closely with Senator Ball moving forward on even more projects for our area,” said Southeast Councilwoman Elizabeth Hudak.
In addition to the bridge in Putnam County, Senator Ball also announced $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.
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