‘Safe Routes’ work starts next month

Ini­tia­tive will ben­e­fit stu­dents who walk to four schools in city

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

A project that aims to make walk­ing to schools in the city safer is likely to start by early Novem­ber, a city of­fi­cial says.

The “Safe Routes to Schools” ini­tia­tive is to be­gin with the in­stal­la­tion of new side­walk be­ing in­stalled on and near Burhans Boule­vard, ac­cord­ing to City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son.

A con­crete side­walk on Burhans, which is near Forsyth Park, will run 300 feet from Lu­cas Av­enue to Al­cazar Av­enue; there also will be a 600-foot as­phalt walk­way con­nect­ing Al­cazar to Mer­ilina Av­enue along the west­ern edge of the park.

The two pedes­trian strips will pro­vide a safe, off-road walk­ing route from Lu­cas Av­enue to Harry L. Ed­son Ele­men­tary School and J. Wat­son Bai­ley Mid­dle School.

Swen­son said the $650,000 con­tract for the en­tire “Safe Routes” project has been awarded to SunUp En­ter­prises Inc. of Wap­pingers Falls. Most of the cost is be­ing cov­ered by fed­eral money fun­neled through the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

The project is to in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of new side­walks, cross­walks and pedes­trian sig­nals near the four ele­men­tary and mid­dle

schools in the city.

Be­sides the new side­walk and walk­way in the Burhans Boule­vard area, the project is to in­clude:

• Im­prove­ments will be made to a Lu­cas Av­enue pedes­trian sig­nal and cross­walk in the same area.

• Pedes­trian sig­nals will be in­stalled at Wash­ing­ton

Av­enue’s in­ter­sec­tions with Lu­cas Av­enue, Main Street, Pearl Street and Lin­der­man Av­enue. The area is home to chil­dren who at­tend Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School, as well as Ed­son and Bai­ley.

• A “traf­fic-calm­ing” hump will be in­stalled on Joy’s Lane, which is in the Ed­son-Bai­ley area, and curb cuts will be in­stalled at all four cor­ners at Mur­ray Street and Delaware Av­enue, as well as on Gross

Street. The lat­ter project is for chil­dren who at­tend John F. Kennedy Ele­men­tary School. Also, a pedes­trian sig­nal at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mur­ray-Delaware in­ter­sec­tion will be im­proved.

• The in­ter­sec­tion of Quarry Street and Hur­ley Av­enue, near J. Wat­son Bai­ley, will get a new cross­walk.

• Cross­walks at Wall and Franklin streets and at Fair and Henry streets, near Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, will be im­proved.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Burhans Boule­vard, off Lu­cas Av­enue in Kingston, is near Harry L. Ed­son Ele­men­tary School and J. Wat­son Bai­ley Mid­dle School.

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