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Funding Secured for Safe Routes to School Project

The Town of Halfmoon was awarded a grant of $259,000 from the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The grant will allow the town to improve the safety for children traveling to and from the Mechanicville School buildings.

The grant money will allow the town to build on from the City of Mechanicville’s completed construction on the South Street Hill, adding a five-foot wide sidewalk on Pruyn Hill Road that will stretch from the intersection of Prospect Street to the Mechanicville Jr./Sr. High School entrance. The grant will also allow construction of a sidewalk on Pruyn Avenue which will complement the South Street Multi-Use Path.

Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth was grateful that the grant went through and that the town was finally able to start construction.

“We are gratified that the grant funds to construct the sidewalk will vastly improve the safety of children and other pedestrians walking from the center of the City of Mechanicville to the Mechanicville Schools,” she stated in a press release. “Pruyn Hill is a busy, relatively narrow road. Children walking to school must do so either on the shoulder of the road or on the pavement. This sidewalk construction project will provide a safe alternative for children and pedestrians walking to the Mechanicville Schools.”

The SRTS programs have existed internationally since the seventies. Recently, the program has become part of federal funding and legislation. SRTS programs are means to ensure safe travel for school children and to encourage outdoor travel between home and school.

Projected route of the new sidewalk on in the Pruyn Hill neighborhood.

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