Thursday, November 13, 2014

Federal Funding to Help Enhance East Main Street

Federal funding of $1.55 million will help the city of Rochester pay for new parking spaces, sidewalks and other improvements along East Main Street, officials announced.

Another $811,580 is earmarked for the village of Webster for bike lanes, sidewalks and an extension of the median on North Avenue, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Monday.

The city’s funding will be used to add 50 on-street parking spaces on East Main from its intersection with East Avenue to the Genesee River. New sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, bike racks, and pedestrian signs and kiosks also are part of the $2.4 million project.

The funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program as the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority prepares to open its new downtown transit center Nov. 28.

“Clearing idling buses off of Main Street has given us a real opportunity to transform this thoroughfare into one that is more pedestrian-friendly and more hospitable to retail,” Schumer said in a statement.

“This funding will go a long way in remaking East Main Street so it is a place where new stores and restaurants will want to locate and where residents and tourists will want to visit. This funding is just the beginning in helping Main Street go from a bus-transfer mall to a gorgeous place to shop, open a business and explore.”

Final designs are scheduled to be completed in 2015, with construction to begin in 2016, officials said.

The funding for Webster will attract shoppers, residents, visitors and new retail to the village center, Schumer said.

Construction is scheduled to begin next summer, officials said.

Some $70 million was awarded for projects statewide, including several in the Finger Lakes region. They include:
  • $256,500 to Monroe County to install pedestrian signal devices;
  • $1.46 million to Farmington, Ontario County, for its Auburn Trail Connector;
  • $1.13 million to Ontario County for sidewalk improvements at Lakeshore Drive and Moran Road;
  • $247,493 to the town of Victor, Ontario County, for its community connectivity project; and
  • $720,657 to the city of Batavia for its healthy schools corridor.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal 


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