09.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $7 MILLION IN FED & STATE FUNDS THAT WILL ALLOW LONG ISLAND TO MAKE SIDEWALKS, CROSSWALKS & RAMPS ADA COMPLIANT

Sidewalk & Crosswalk Improvements Will Bring Nassau & Suffolk County Communities Into Compliance With ‘Americans With Disabilities Act’ Standards

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) have awarded$7,800,000 in federal and state funds. These funds will allow Long Island to make their sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

“Individuals with disabilities have the right to live independent, fulfilling lives,” said Senator Schumer. “We have a responsibility to make that a reality. In part, that means ensuring that our sidewalks and crosswalks accommodate the needs of all Americans and all New Yorkers. This new federal funding will be an enormous resource in that effort and will allow Long Island communities to complete urgently needed upgrades.”

“Unlocking these funds will finally allow Nassau and Suffolk counties to move forward with several key infrastructure projects across Long Island,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Upgrading rail stations, making renovations to sidewalks and building additional ramps will improve safety and accessibility for New Yorkers with disabilities. I will continue to fight for funding that would upgrade and modernize our infrastructure.”

Specifically, $3,800,000 in federal funds will be used for ADA compliance in Nassau and Suffolk counties; and $1,500,000 in federal funds will be used for NYS Route 24 ADA ramp reconstruction from Meadowbrook State Parkway to NY110 (East Meadow to East Farmingdale); and $2,500,000 for NY25A ADA Ramp Reconstruction to Bread and Cheese Hollow Road in Cold Spring.

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