Some major improvements are underway in New Paltz as Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announces big plans. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more from South Putt Corners Road, where plans for this transformation are underway.
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- “This is a high volume, high traffic area that is also magnificent for tourists,” said Ulster County Mike Hein Executive.
A $2.4 million, multi-faceted project is paving the way in New Paltz.
“They’re going to be widening this road for the entire length of it, giving an opportunity for people to be able to walk down the sides of the road a lot easier,” said New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder.
Upping public safety with the addition of six foot wide shoulders on either side of the road for pedestrians, cyclists and students, along with the installation of turning only lanes, left into New Paltz High School and right at the intersection of Route 32.
"There are many students that bike and even more that walk back and forth,” said New Paltz School District Superintendent Maria Rice.
This along with a new getaway for outdoor enthusiasts as Hein says plans are in the works to link the path with the upcoming largest interconnected rail trail project in the state.
“What we’re talking about doing here will also interconnect with that at North Putt Corners as we bring in along 299 into New Paltz and ultimately connect through Rosendale, Kingston and into the Ashokan Reservoir,” said Hein.
As the road serves as home to the school, police department and the New York State DEC, all involved say it’s a people pleasing project, expected to be completed in 2015.
Hein says monies to complete the work include 85 percent federal funding, 10 percent state funding and a five percent local match.
Anyone looking for additional information is invited to attend a 7 p.m. public forum at the New Paltz High School on October 10th.