The start of work on a multiuse trail along Crescent Road in Clifton Park and Halfmoon has been delayed due to changes in design requested by the state Department of Transportation.
Earlier this month, the Clifton Park Town Board put in a request to the state and federal government to help pay for about $43,000 in additional costs that will likely be incurred due to changes to the project, which already was projected to cost more than $800,000. Once completed, the trail will stretch 1.5 miles from Okte Elementary School to the intersection with Dunsbach Road, crossing over the Northway at Exit 8.
More than $630,000 in federal funding and about $50,000 in state funding for the project was announced in 2010, when Clifton Park committed to spend at least $154,000 on the total project, which will include costs for intersection improvements at Okte School crosswalks, Lapp and Southbury Roads crosswalks.
“It’s a wonderful addition to our trail network and a vast improvement to the Exit 8 area,” Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett said of the path, which was first approved in 2005.
The project will include safety enhancements in the area of the Okte School.
Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth has predicted that the trail would spur development nearby, including off Dunsbach Road.
The state DOT initially recommended a shared use path during project design meetings, but recently came back to the drawing board with a requirement that a raised path be incorporated into the design.
The new parameters will require additional work, including the erection of temporary structures, replacement of stone curb and construction of a new concrete path with reinforcing steel.
Because of the required changes, Barrett said, “We were hoping to get to the construction phase in 2013, unfortunately it will not be until next year.”
He added, “We’re moving forward, slowly but surely.”
Costs for the project are divided between federal and non-federal sources, with 80 percent of the money coming from federal funding and 20 percent coming from Clifton Park and Halfmoon. The towns were required to spend at least $79,000 on this project.
A list of the additional work needed because of the new specifications can be found on the Around Saratoga blog at www.dailygazette.com.