Tonawanda News

The City

April 9, 2013

Plans for new bike path coming along

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Tonawanda News — “There are tennis courts, a playground, soccer fields and the skate park there,” LaMonaco said.  

LaMonaco and county officials are also looking at the possibility of connecting the path to the two trails along the river, but all options are still tentative. 

The project will cost $2 million, and 80 percent of those funds will come from the federal government and 20 percent from Erie County. The design plan, which must be approved before the project moves forward, will likely be set in May. 

Once the design is approved, the county can start negotiating for a lease deal with the owners of the property, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, according to Erie County Project Manager Brian Rose.

Then, bidding for the project will go out in the spring of 2014 and construction will start in the summer.

Rich Jurkowski, an avid cyclist from the Town of Tonawanda, said he’s excited about the plans.

“What is great about this project is that it can get you away from the cars,” Jurkowski, who attended Monday’s meeting said. “It’s a safety issue.” 

Joyce Boone, of Buffalo, who has biked from Albany to Buffalo, also came to Monday’s meeting in the support of the plans. 

“There are a lot of schools along the route, and for families, I think this trail can’t be beat,” she said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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