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Stimulus money to help fix local roads

Stimulus money to help fix local roads

Central Avenue between Albany and Schenectady and Route 2 in Watervliet will be getting improvements

Central Avenue between Albany and Schenectady and Route 2 in Watervliet will be getting improvements with federal economic stimulus money, Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday.

Those projects and others in the region were among 48 transportation projects totaling $135 million that Paterson said were certified for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Route 5 between the region’s two biggest cities — known to nearly everyone as Central Avenue — will receive $7.5 million in funding, which will include repaving at various locations between downtown Schenectady and downtown Albany. The Central Avenue plan also includes funding for new rapid transit bus stops being installed by the Capital District Transportation Authority, as well as handicapped access improvements.

State Route 2 running through Watervliet — known as 19th Street to the locals — will be getting a full reconstruction with $7.7 million in stimulus money.

“These investments in our worn infrastructure help us improve our public works systems while also reinvigorating strained local economies and creating jobs for New Yorkers,” Paterson said in a statement. “I am pleased that in rebuilding our bridges and repaving our roadways, we help to move our state forward on the road to economic recovery.”

Route 2 runs through an urban section of Watervliet, between the Congress Street bridge across the Hudson to Troy and the city line with Colonie. According to Paterson’s office, it serves as the major east-west artery with direct connections to I-87, I-787 and the city of Troy. The project is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2010.

Also on the list of projects announced by Paterson:

* Nearly $3.9 million for repaving various local roads in the cities of Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown and Little Falls.

* Resurfacing of Blue Ridge Road in Essex County from Northway Exit 29 to County Route 25 at an estimated cost of $4.6 million. That is the route used by many people for southern access to the Adirondack High Peaks.

* Repaving of Bay Street in Glens Falls at an estimated cost of $3 million.

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