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Town gets grant for sidewalks

DOT program meant to provide safe routes to walk to school

Bethlehem Central Superintendent Thomas Douglas and Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson discuss the town’s receipt of a $50,000 from the state DOT to install sidewalks in needed areas to provide safe routes to school for students.

Bethlehem Central Superintendent Thomas Douglas and Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson discuss the town’s receipt of a $50,000 from the state DOT to install sidewalks in needed areas to provide safe routes to school for students. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— The grant money will pay for a majority of the work, with the town and local sponsors contributing a possible $189,000 in additional funds.

Maureen Cunningham, a member of the town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, said in a statement she felt the sidewalks would bring “added value” to the community and improve safety.

“My husband and I moved to this part of Delmar four years ago due in part to how walkable this community is. As an active parent with two small children, I am routinely walking, running and riding on our community’s streets,” she said.

The town expects construction to start in the spring of 2014 after plans and arrangements have been made.

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