Town of Lenox receives $800K trail grant

Published Apr 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

CANASTOTA — The town of Lenox has received an $800,000 state grant to construct a two-mile, multi-use trail through New York State’s Transportation Enhancements Program.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday the state was providing $112.2 million in funding toward 81 projects statewide that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, make sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and improve public transportation and roadway safety.

The trail will start behind the vllage of Canastota’s skateboard park on Lenox Avenue and continue to the Village of Wampsville.

“This will connect our two villages, and give our residents easier access to the county office complex,” Lenox Town Supervisor John Pinard said. “It will be a nice way for pedestrians and bicyclists to get between the two villages, and will also be safe to use for people in electric wheelchairs.”

No exact timetable has been set for the trail’s completion, but Pinard said he hopes it will happen this year.

“We want this done as soon as possible,”he said. “We will have the engineering studies done sometime next month and move on from there.”

The Lenox trail will connect to the Oneida Rail Trail that starts along the Erie Canal, passes through the Village of Wampsville and continues on into the City of Oneida.

The funding will provide up to 80 percent of each project’s cost and was made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered through the New York State Department of Transportation.

“I am thankful to the department of transportation for all the help they’ve given us,” Pinard said.

The Central New York Region will receive $5.5 million toward seven projects, including the Lenox trail.

The Mohawk Valley Region will receive $1.4 million. That money will be used by the City of Rome to construct Phase II of the Mohawk River Trail.

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel,” Cuomo said. “By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”