continued “We’re working very closely with all property owners to make sure everything is done correctly to minimize impacts to their properties,” said McHugh.
The project will receive up to $688,000 in federal money through the Transportation Improvement program, in particular through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality fund. According to McHugh, this funding can be tapped when part of a project includes alternative means of transportation that will reduce congestion and improve the air quality.
“If we provide safe, walkable opportunities, we hope people will use them,” said McHugh.
In addition to the federal money, Clifton Park will also receive an additional $49,000 in state money and each town will contribute 10 percent of the total project cost.
The project has taken some time to come to fruition largely due to lengthy federal and state grant applications. Projects have to wait for their turn to come up and for funding to be allocated. Because of the length of time the project waited for funding allocation, the project experienced a temporary underfunding gap.
MJ Engineers, the engineers for the project, determined that material and labor costs had risen between 25 and 30 percent since 2003. They also identified a need for additional consulting and professional service to help guide through the right-of-way process not included in the initial project estimates and budget.
“We recognized that one part of the project did not have enough funding, so we were able to get an additional $56,000 from federal highway funds to bridge that gap,” said McHugh
Construction is tentatively scheduled for summer 2013 pending final design approval from the state.