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As nine percent of Kingston's residents are without vehicles, $2.2 million has been earmarked to help pedestrians get from one end of the city to the other in a safe and efficient manner. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the initiative.
KINGSTON, N.Y. – “The city finally has the capacity to actually undertake this project to address quality of life for our midtown residents,” said Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.
A new and improved streetscape’s coming to Kingston, connecting the stretch of downtown, midtown and uptown through a pedestrian-friendly path.
“They’ll do a design and consulting study to reconfigure traffic patterns, to enhance the sidewalk, to provide bike lane paths with benches and lighting,” said Gallo.
Funding for the project is coming from the federal government and is expected to be ready for use come 2016.
“Next year we anticipate actually putting a shovel in the ground, this year we have to spend working with the state and federal government to draft agreements, then after you do that you sign off with the state and feds you have to put it out to bid for consultants, engineers and contractors,” said Gallo.
While making the city more pedestrian-friendly, it also ties in with Gallo's BEAT initiative, Business, Education, Arts and Technology, by further establishing easier access for employment opportunities and investors.
“Not only aesthetically attractive for investment but it will move the city along accordingly and really address the needs of those who don’t have transportation,” he added.