On the right trail

Published Apr 24, 2017 at 4:00pm

Romans should be proud that the city is continuing its commitment to enhance pedestrian pleasure and bicycle enjoyment.

It was announced last week that the city is getting $1.4 million to construct the second phase of the Mohawk River trail. It will go further north.

The local and state officials involved should be congratulated for their foresight in seeking and providing this cash to make the existing trail an even bigger attraction in our area.

The current trail runs from Bellamy Harbor Park north to the bridge where Chestnut Street becomes Mohawk Drive in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The extension will go north along the river’s east side near the intersection of Black River Boulevard and Wright Settlement Road. Eventually, it may stretch all the way to Delta Dam.

The project is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to promote multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The ultimate aim is to allow visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural resources as never before. The cash comes from the Federal Highway Administration and is administered by the state Department of Transportation.

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and the Common Council are to be congratulated for their leadership in obtaining the money. The grant requires a 20 percent match from the city, obtained through bonding, which will cover the design with the grant itself covering the construction. Work could start next year.

Those of us who enjoy the outdoors can thank the officials involved for the hard work in obtaining this financial assistance.