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USA: Construction of New, Alternative Transportation Path Begins In Jamesport

The new path will provide green transportation alternatives for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Riverhead continues to explore green, sustainable ways of getting around town as construction of a new, federally funded alternative transportation path began this week.

The project kicked off Monday on Pier Avenue in Jamesport; funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the plan provides $3.158 million in Federal Highway Administration grant funds to design and construct a town-wide alternative transportation path that will enhance pedestrian and bicycle access throughout the Town of Riverhead.

“We acknowledge that the residents of Riverhead are facing rapidly rising energy costs and therefore, are searching for alternative, less costly and more environmentally friendly means oftransportation including bicycling, walking and use of mass transportation,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said. “This 100 percent federally-funded project will decrease reliance on motorized vehicles and provide residents and tourists alike a wide-ranging network to access the many attractions the Town of Riverhead has to offer.”

The path will extend from Enterprise Park at Calverton to Jamesport and connect businesses, schools, libraries, shopping areas, and recreation attractions, as well as existing bike and pedestrian routes.

The New York State Department of Transportation is administering the construction portion of the project bid awarded to New York Paving, Inc. from Old Bethpage, Long Island, New York, in the amount of $2.1 million.

Dunn Engineering Associates, P.C., of Westhampton Beach provided design services.

Over the course of the next few weeks work will include survey work, installation of construction signs and silt fences, asphalt saw-cutting, as well as other work, according to the DOT, with paving to follow.

The project is slated for completion by fall.


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