Senator gets funding to repair sidewalks

Sidewalks like this one on Elm Street are in poor condition. Photo by Tom Brown.

PAWLING – New York State Senator Pete Harckham has announced that he was able to secure $150,000 in state grant funding for the replacement and extension of sidewalks in the Village of Pawling in Dutchess County.

“We tend to take sidewalks for granted—until they are so worn out and deteriorated that their use poses a significant public safety risk for resident and other,” said Harckham. “Knowing that some of the sidewalks in Pawling were in need of immediate repair, I am pleased to have been able to secure funding to aid in the costs of this important project.”

The state grant funding that Harckham has secured for Pawling will go toward replacing 1,000 linear feet of sidewalk along the west side Elm Street and constructing new sidewalk on Walnut Street, extending the pathway approximately 400 linear feet.

Recently, the Dutchess County Transportation Council rated the Elm Street sidewalk as “Poor/Unusable,” which is defined as impassable to mobility-impaired pedestrians and difficult for average pedestrians to use safely. In June 2019, the Village of Pawling Pedestrian Plan recommended replacing the sidewalk.

A closer view of the poor condition of the Elm Street sidewalk. Photo by Tom Brown.

Work on the sidewalk project is set to begin in December 2019. The state grant funding will be used for construction purposes. In total, the project is set to cost $465,000.

“Maintaining our infrastructure is a priority here in Pawling, so I’m glad that Senator Harckham has been able to achieve state funding to help us with the two sidewalk projects,” said Robert Liffland, mayor of the Village of Pawling. “He has kept his promise to help everyone in his district as much as possible and to work together.”

Earlier this year, Harckham announced that he had been able to gain $150,000 of state funding to replace the roof of the Lions Building, located in Murrow Park in the Town of Pawling. The building is used for community meetings and events.

The awarded grant funding was secured within the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM), which is among the grant programs administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to support community and economic development.



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