The Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 celebrating the completion of the Crescent Road Multi-Use Pathway.
The mile-long pathway runs from Okte Elementary School in Clifton Park to Dunsbach Road in Halfmoon while offering a safe, off-road route for both pedestrian and bicyclist travel. The trail includes a combination of multi-use pathways and sidewalks that run along Crescent Road in the Exit 8 commercial area and Park and Ride before continuing over the Northway into the Town of Halfmoon.
The project was made possible in a cooperative effort between the Town of Clifton Park with the Town of Halfmoon and the New York State Department of Transportation using federal, state and local funding sources. The State supplemented the construction cost of the pedestrian improvements related to the length of the Exit 8 bridge crossing over the Northway.
“Since 2000, the Town has constructed 14 miles of new trails and sidewalks as we continue to expand opportunities for safe pedestrian and bicyclist travel,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. “Strategic additions to the trail network will further our goal of connecting neighborhoods and parks.”
"The Town of Halfmoon is proud to partner with the Town of Clifton Park in the construction of this multi-use Trail", said Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen. Tollisen added that, "the construction of this Trail is part of a coordinated effort by the Town of Halfmoon Town Board and the Trails and Open Space Committee to provide long term safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for the residents of Halfmoon and our surrounding communities".
“The Crescent Road Trail is another step forward in our commitment to completing a contiguous north-south network of trails from southern Clifton Park to the Town Center area,” said Clifton Park Councilman Jim Romano, liaison to the Town’s Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee.
Daphne Jordan, Halfmoon Town Board Member and Liaison to the Halfmoon Trails and Open Space Committee commented that that this project was paid for partially thru grant funding and we are pleased that "this trail provides yet another opportunity for the residents of Halfmoon to enjoy nature and the outdoors and all that Halfmoon has to offer".
“We are pleased that the towns are expanding the connections for residents to reach local parks and nature preserves,” said David Miller, Chairman of Clifton Park’s Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee.
Barrett lauded the project as another example of successful municipal cooperation. In recent years, Clifton Park has partnered with neighboring municipalities on projects involving trails, parks, expansion of water and sewer services, infrastructure improvements, purchasing water, traffic improvement projects, policing, animal control services and other important initiatives.
Several years ago, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett and Town Board made the commitment that when the Crescent Road trail was completed, the Town of Clifton Park would apply for a grant to complete the Moe Road Multi-Use Path.
Earlier this year, the Town of Clifton Park was awarded a $848,840 grant from the New York State Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) for the Moe Road Multi-Use Path Gap Closure Project. This extension of the Moe Road Multi-Use Pathway to the Crescent Road Multi-Use Pathway will allow for safe pedestrian and cyclist access from Route 146 through the center of Clifton Park along Moe Road connecting with Crescent Road before finishing in the Town of Halfmoon.
“The Town Board and our team at Town Hall have worked hard to expand the Town’s trail network, while leveraging grant funding, to achieve our goal of providing safe pedestrian access throughout Clifton Park,” concluded Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.