FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2010
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $667,000 AWARDED TO COXSACKIE TO IMPROVE RT. 9W/RT. 81/RT. 385 INTERSECTION
Job-creating Project Will Remodel Existing Intersection to Create a Two Lane Roundabout With New Sidewalks and Landscaping
Redesign Will Accommodate Traffic Demands and Future Development
Schumer: Area is Ripe for Economic Development
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a $666,900 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is headed to Coxsackie for a redesign and reconstruction of the intersection between Routes 9W, 81, and 385. The funding is part of DOT’s Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Program.
“This is great news and an indicator of good jobs and good things to come in Coxsackie,” said Schumer. “It’s an area ripe for economic development. A safer, more practical design for this intersection will go a long way to making that a reality. And that’s not the only good news: the new layout will be a more efficient, attractive gateway to the community, and the construction project will create-good paying jobs.”
The current layout of the intersection – a four-way intersection with a traffic light – will be replaced with a two-lane roundabout that will better support the traffic demands of the surrounding business parks and residential communities. The upgrades will include sidewalks for pedestrians, signage, and landscaping.
The TCSP Program is a long standing initiative of research and grants meant to improve the relationships between communities and their local transportation systems. Grant recipients are chosen based upon the prospective project’s ability to meet the following criteria:
• Improve the efficiency of the transportation system of the United States.
• Reduce environmental impacts of transportation.
• Reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments.
• Ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade.
• Examine community development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns and investments that support these goals.