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Common Council hears about improved sidewalks, streets

Dec 24, 2020 6:15 am

Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Common Council last week heard ideas for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative street and sidewalk improvements from consultant Arterial Streets. The DRI is a $10 million grant awarded by the Capital Region Economic Development Council in 2017. The initiative is focused on western downtown Hudson, known as the BRIDGE district, from Second Street to the waterfront from east to west, and Dock Street to the South Bay wetlands from north to south. More than 1,200 people live in the district. The project is allocated $4 million of the $10 million grant, and its goal is to improve Hudson streets and sidewalks. The consultants expect to submit a plan by the end of January and construction to begin in fall 2021. Gaps in sidewalks, inaccessible intersections, roads designed for high vehicle speeds, poor conditions for cyclists and a disconnected waterfront were the key findings in the firm’s study of the district. None of the intersections in the district are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act from all four corners. A shared-use path, sidewalk repairs, plantings, parking striping, curb replacements, trash bins and raised crosswalks were among the improvements proposed. Second Ward Alderwoman and Council Majority Leader Tiffany Garriga said of the plan, “I can’t wait to actually see it in person.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.