NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - New Rochelle has received more than $3.5 million to make improvements on Quaker Ridge Road that will allow for increased roadway safety and additional access for cyclists and pedestrians.
On Monday, it was announced that New Rochelle has been named a recipient of a $3,518,638 grant from the New York State for Quaker Ridge Road “Complete Streets” improvements from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
New Rochelle’s grant was part of nearly $115 million in awards for 81 projects across the state that will include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks that are accessible, improved access to public transportation and enhanced safety measures.
"This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel," Cuomo said in a statement. "By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state's natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come.”
City Manager Chuck Strome emphasized the importance of improving safety and making Quaker Ridge Road a “street of tomorrow.”
“Quaker Ridge Road is one of our main east-west cooridors, connecting residents with schools, homes, parks and houses of worship,” he said. “These improvements will be most welcomed and the funding will go a long way towards creating the streets of tomorrow.”
New Rochelle was selected through a “competitive solicitation process” and the grant was the highest allotted for a municipality in the Hudson Valley.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will transform an aged thoroughfare into a multi-purposed roadway that can be equally enjoyed by motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians,” Mayor Noam Bramson said. “Complete Streets is a vital part of GreeNR, our sustainability plan.”
“Thanks to the infusion of this much-needed investment, Quaker Ridge Road, an important arterial road in New Rochelle's North End, will not only be safer and more efficient but will be more accessible to pedestrians, joggers and cyclists,” District 5 Councilmember Barry Fertel added. “We've waited a long time, but it was worth the wait.”