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Apr 29, 2019 12:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Governor Cuomo Designates $756,000 For New Hampton Bays Bike Trails Linking Pair Of Parks

Network of bicycle access, Good Ground Park to Red Creek Park
May 1, 2019 10:36 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that $756,000 was set aside by the state for the Town of Southampton to construct a new bicycle and multi-use trail between two parks in Hampton Bays.

Southampton Town officials said the money from the state will go toward a bike lane and multi-use path connecting Red Creek Park with Good Ground Park. Work on the project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2020.

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

The money is part of a $144.6 million statewide investment to construct new bicycle and pedestrian facilities, create accessible sidewalks according to the rules of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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.

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

“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.

Town officials met with members of the Hampton Bays community in July 2018, when efforts were renewed to promote bike safety—it was not the first time, either. In fact, up until 2011, the town had a biking committee that made recommendations for bike routes and bike lanes.

This set of trails was identified last summer as a way to connect the downtown area of Hampton Bays with the two parks.

“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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Great news ! Who would be responsible for a side walk or bike path in front of Coast Guard Station to the bridge? This is a very busy and dangerous location for walkers and bikers.
By ZGerry (42), Hamptons on Apr 29, 19 7:54 PM
Agreed! The more sidewalks and bike paths the better...
By Shawbie (8), Hampton bays on May 2, 19 7:34 AM
Where is the other article and all the posts? This bike path is a path from no where to no where on two very busy roads - Old Riverhead Road and Squiretown Road. Anyone using these will have to drive to one of the parks with a bike and drive around in a circle in traffic There is no connection to economic development here. Where is the connectivity of Good Ground Park to Main Street that was promised in 2016? I distributed a memo to the HB CAC from Frank Zappone that outline the time table ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 19 4:45 PM
pathetic how little of the state money goes to eastern Long Island. I think we have a real problem with being part of NYS and should secede. We need a bike trail alongside the LIRR all the way
By deKooning (105), southampton on May 1, 19 11:24 AM
State monies should come to Hampton Bays for meaningful projects, not a bike path to nowhere from no where. Even though there are three access points on the picture in the article, there is really only one. Where are the other two? Where is the 2nd vehicular access point? Where are the comfort stations? Where are sidewalks continuing to the beach or going east/west along Main Street/Montauk Highway? Where are municipal lots so people can come and shop?
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on May 1, 19 4:16 PM
@dekooning... bike/mountian bike trail alongside the LIRR is the BEST idea I've heard in a long time. Good on ya!
By ridethetruthwave (17), southampton on May 1, 19 6:21 PM
Bike path along the LIRR.interesting concept, what happens at te one lane bridges and one lane raised over wetlands?
By bigfresh (4537), north sea on May 2, 19 7:39 AM
If you look at other communities large and small walking and biking paths are hands down an excellent and affordable way to revitalize underused areas. Promoting people getting out of their cars is great for the community. This costs HB very little and gets outsized rewards. A no brainer.
The more pedestrian friendly areas the better.
Well done!!
By Shawbie (8), Hampton bays on May 2, 19 7:43 AM
This is a bike path from nowhere to nowhere. You will need to DRIVE with your car with a bike and then ride your bike around in a circle IN TRAFFIC for about a mile. This is a fake narrative and a huge waste of $ 1 million. The academic theory of having a walking town is valid, but the design and implementation in the Town of Southampton is fatally flawed and a waste of money. Any monies should be invested south and east and west of Main Street not north through the parks.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on May 2, 19 12:01 PM
The bike path along the LIRR was discussed at various meetings - it is very dangerous and would require many easements which probably would not be granted with concerns about security.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on May 2, 19 8:14 AM
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