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Path plan moves forward

Crescent Road Trail will connect Clifton Park and Halfmoon

— The towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon might be side by side, but because of the Northway the communities are somewhat disconnected, especially for pedestrians and bicyclists.

That situation is about to be remedied by a planned inter-municipal trail on Crescent Road that will allow pedestrian and bicycle access to the Exit 8 commercial area, the Park and Ride, and Okte Elementary School in Clifton Park.

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett said he is glad to see motion on the project, which has been in the works since 2003. Grants will cover the majority of the cost.

“We’re excited to take the opportunity to improve our trail system in the southern part of the town,” said Barrett. “The trail will provide safe travel for pedestrians leading from Okte School eastward to the Town of Halfmoon. It’s an inter-municipal partnership between Halfmoon and Clifton Park. We were very pleased to receive such a large grant to make this possible.”

The trail, which will be 1.6 miles long when finished, will start in Clifton Park near Okte Elementary and continue along Crescent Road, ending at Dunsbach Road in Halfmoon. It will be a combination of an 8-foot-wide multi-use trail and sidewalks, and will utilize an already existing overpass in order to connect the two towns. A challenge will be providing safe passage over the Northway on a road that also sees heavy vehicle traffic.

“We are continuing to work hard with NYS DOT and our engineering consultants to finalize designs for the best and safest pedestrian crossing over the Northway,” said Barb McHugh, director of community development in Clifton Park. “We want to provide a much greater degree of safety.”

The trail construction will also require passage across some private property along the way, and details on easements are still being finalized.

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