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Apr 24, 2019 2:57 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Governor Cuomo Announces $756,000 For Bike And Multi-Use Trail Between Two Hampton Bays Parks

Network of bicycle access, Good Ground Park to Red Creek Park
Apr 29, 2019 12:15 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 12:05 p.m.

Southampton Town officials said the $756,000 from the state will go toward a bike lane and multi-use path that will connect Red Creek Park with Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.

The town is expected to pay 20 percent of the cost of the park, or $189,000, making the cost of the project $945,000.

Work on the project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2020.

The trail is expected to run between Good Ground Park, through the woods to the north, eventually connecting to Squiretown Road. A bike lane will be added to Squiretown Road, that will go under Sunrise Highway, continue onto Old Riverhead Road, and then lead people to Red Creek Park.

“This grant is another piece of the puzzle that creates connectivity between the Hamlet Center-Good Ground Park and Red Creek Park, which is critical to our shared goals with the community to make this hamlet center user-friendly and accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists,” Assistant Town Planning Director Janice Scherer said in a prepared statement.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that $756,000 in funding has been set aside by the state for the Town of Southampton to construct a new bicycle and multi-use trail in Hampton Bays.

The money is part of a $144.6 million statewide investment to construct new bicycle and pedestrian facilities, create ADA accessible sidewalks, improve public transportation, and enhance safety on the roadways. Along with transportation improvements, the money is also being used to improve air quality

Of the $144.6 million, $5.6 million is being spent on Long Island.

“New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies,” Mr. Cuomo said in a press release.”These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future.”

According to the press release, the projects that the governor selected went through a competitive process. Eighty percent of the money for each project, which is expected to increase non-vehicular options for transportation, is being provided by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the State Department of Transportation.

“Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan to overhaul New York’s transportation systems is a holistic approach to building cleaner, safer, and more sustainable communities,” State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said in the press release. “The projects announced today will reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in communities across the state, paving the path to a cleaner and greener future for generations to come.”

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Thank you Southampton Town officials for your efforts towards this project. More to come!
By Non-Political (104), Hampton Bays on Apr 24, 19 3:12 PM
A little short on details. Where? Mult-use train?
By HamptonDad (211), Hampton Bays on Apr 24, 19 3:34 PM
Not well informed. Where? I hope this will stop bicycles riding in the middle of the street.
By Win sky (45), Southampton on Apr 24, 19 5:15 PM
It’s the building of a multi-use on and off-road trail connecting Good Ground Park and Red Creek Park for people bicycling and walking.
By Non-Political (104), Hampton Bays on Apr 24, 19 6:23 PM
A shortcut for traffic in the morning.
By Mouthampton (419), Southampton on Apr 24, 19 8:10 PM
$756,000 for a trail?
By CPalmer (64), Southampton on Apr 24, 19 8:28 PM
New York State is now about $150 Billion in debt. 2nd highest in the US.
This equals about $22,000 per taxpayer, in debt. Yes, you/us the taxpayer.
Is spending $144 million that we don't have on bike/trails (or anything) a good idea for us New Yorkers?
How is this expenditure considered acceptable?
Finances 101.
By WEK (12), southampton on Apr 24, 19 8:39 PM
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Debt isn't a problem as long as economic growth outpaces debt accumulation.

For example, see college students with $100K in loans so they can earn $200K/yr.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6451), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 24, 19 9:35 PM
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FB, yes I understand that the Governor is going to charge $8 a trip across Old Riverhead Road to combat the anticipated congestion and to pay down the debt.
By G.A.Lombardi (437), Hampton Bays on Apr 24, 19 9:55 PM
I think most would agree with your first comment.
It appears unlikely that New York will be able to catch up to our debt accumulation based on current spending.
New College grads in NY state earn, on average about $50K/yr. $200K/year? Unlikely for the 90%.
The question remains : Is this a prudent move for us as New Yorkers to continue going deeper in debt?
By WEK (12), southampton on Apr 24, 19 10:20 PM
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A student who attends a state school with free tuition on the empire state scholarship available to all state residents can take those loans out for med/law school and set themselves up for excellent lifetime earning potential.

The same can be said for a variety of education and career paths, but I understand that the odds are not in everyone's favor. But let's not encourage our kids (or country) to be average, but exceptional!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6451), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 25, 19 1:55 AM
:: insert uninformed comment along with non-sense comparison and/or alternate suggestion ::
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (664), southampton on Apr 24, 19 9:13 PM
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The academic planners in the Town of Southampton facilitate the waste of tax monies. This bike path is a "path to nowhere from no where" on a 2 busy narrow roads (Old Riverhead Road and Squiretown Road). You will need to drive to Red Creek Park or Good Ground Park with a bike and then ride in a circle for about a mile between the two "playing in traffic". There were suggestions to extend the sidewalk and make a bike path from Shinnecock Road to the Ponquogue Bridge which would have connected ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (437), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 19 1:54 PM
What would have been a better use of those funds would be linking Southampton Village to the bike lane that begins on Long Beach Road. That would have connected more bikers from Southampton to Montauk and served many more people. Bikers already ride in the bike lane from Hamptn Bays to Southampton Village, but the Village is cut off from Long Beach Rod, Unless you want to take your chances on 27 east of Hampton Road
By North Sea Citizen (533), North Sea on Apr 27, 19 12:23 PM
I attended a presentation from the Planning Department regarding this. The press release on the Town website is just more political propaganda about the revitalization of downtown HB. Anyone that is ever on Old Riverhead Road or Squiretown Road realizes there is no room for a safe path. A handful of people wanted to walk on trails in GGP when there are about 200 miles of trails in Southampton. It was an easy money grab for some low handing political propaganda for Supervisor and Governor. Disgusting
By G.A.Lombardi (437), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 19 12:49 PM
Another grandiose plans to spend taxpayer money. Just as with most projects in HB, the project will take about five years to get a little more than half-way completed. At which point the allocated money will have been long gone, and the project will die before completion.
By Seajay (5), East Quogue on Apr 27, 19 12:48 PM
Where is the main "esplanade" to Good Ground Park from Main Street? Are the comfort stations completed yet? I distributed a memo from Frank Zappone to attendees at a HB CAC meeting years ago that had the funding complete and the deadlines long passed. This administration continues to pat themselves on the back that they grab State and County monies and waste it. The Town administration is making fools of State and County and I don't think the State or County knows or cares.
By G.A.Lombardi (437), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 19 2:36 PM
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bay street, sag harbor,