GLENVILLE - After years of discussion and planning, the Glenridge Road pedestrian path should be a reality by late fall.
The Town Board on Wednesday awarded a $192,000 contract to construct the remainder of the half-mile trail to BP Excavation LLC of Little Falls. The work, which will construct an eight-foot-wide paved path on the south side of Glenridge between the town hall and Woodcrest Drive, is to be finished by the end of September.
A $220,000 state grant will cover the entire cost of the project, which Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said is part of making the town more pedestrian-friendly. The BP Excavation bid was the lowest of two bids the town received.
"This is a critical piece that connects a major residential neighborhood with the Town Center commercial corridor," Koetzle said.
Serious planning for path has been underway for about three years, with progress slowed by negotiations to cross private property and funding applications. The first section of the path, from near the Panera Bread restaurant to Town Hall, was built last fall.
Residents in the Woodhaven neighborhood have pushed for progress, since the path will allow them to walk or bike to supermarkets, restaurants and stores along the Route 50 Town Center corridor.
Once the Glenridge Road path is built, Koetzle said the town will move to figuring out a pedestrian connection along Van Buren Road from the Town Center to the Anderson dog park. A woods path that opened in 2018 connects the Anderson park to other town properties, including the popular Indian Meadows recreation park on Droms Road.
"(The Glenridge Road path) is an important part of a our overall strategy of making the town more pedestrian friendly, which is something our residents have said they want, and which is called for in our comprehensive plan," Koetzle said.