07.10.09

Leahy And Sanders Announce Federal Funds For Williamstown Sidewalk Project

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) report that Williamstown will be receiving $177,840 in federal highway funds to complete a new sidewalk project in the village.  Leahy and Sanders secured the funding in a transportation appropriations bill signed into law earlier this year. 

The project will construct approximately 1740 feet of new concrete sidewalk and two pedestrian bridges along the west side of Vermont Route 14 in Williamstown.  By connecting an existing sidewalk in the village to Saldi Field -- a recreational complex south of town -- the new sidewalk will offer residents safe access to public, commercial and housing facilities throughout the village.  Currently there is no pathway for pedestrian access along this busy highway. 

“This new sidewalk will give adults and children a safe route to walk and bike along this busy stretch of road in Williamstown,” said Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee that authored the bill.  “I applaud Williamstown for coming up with this plan to make the village more pedestrian-friendly by linking business, housing, and recreational facilities along Main Street.” 

The engineering, design work, and environmental permitting are almost completed.  Property easements are being secured.  Construction could commence later this year.  The project received $199,700 in funding through the State of Vermont’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program in 2005. 

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