FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2019
THE CITY OF KINGSTON RECEIVES $3.6 MILLION
Grant to Support the “Safe and Accessible Flatbush and Foxhall Project”
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has been granted $3.6 million from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for upgraded pedestrian accessibility and improved infrastructure in Midtown Kingston.
The City of Kingston received a grant for the Safe and Accessible Flatbush and Foxhall Project, which will fund sidewalk and streetscape improvements from Colonial Gardens, where nearly 800 residents live, on Flatbush Avenue and along Foxhall Avenue to Broadway. The project will connect adjacent neighborhoods, commercial areas, a public pre-K school, and essential services. The grant will make this oft-traveled route ADA accessible, correct the intermittent and broken sidewalk network, and create bicycle infrastructure. In addition, two intersections and two railroad crossings that are greatly in need of improvement will get upgrades for pedestrian safety. A previous grant for this same project was received from the NYSDEC in the amount of $772,752 in December 2018.
“We are so thrilled to receive this grant, which achieves so many of our goals for the community,” said Mayor Noble. “It will help provide safe and accessible transportation and active mobility for residents, while minimizing environmental impacts and encouraging community connectivity. This project will benefit and improve the quality of life for Midtown residents.”
“I am particularly pleased that this competitive grant will fund safe railroad crossings and give us the opportunity to work with CSX and the NYSDOT to improve a dangerous situation and prevent fatalities,” said Kristen Wilson, Director of Grants Management for the City of Kingston.
On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced $24.2 million in new funding for projects that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements in the Mid-Hudson Region. Projects were selected through a competitive application process, wherein awardees presented plans that increase options for non-vehicular transportation, reduce vehicle emissions or traffic congestion, or both. The funding is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered directly by the New York State Department of Transportation. This funding also supports Governor Cuomo's initiative to advance Health Across all Policies in New York State, a collaborative approach that integrates health considerations into policymaking across all sectors to improve community health and wellness.
More info on transportation grant projects in the City of Kingston, visit: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstononthemove