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Springville awarded funding for sidewalk improvements

SPRINGVILLE—The Village of Springville was awarded funding for pedestrian and bicycle use facilities, through New York. The funding was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 19, 81 projects in the state will benefit from the $112.2 million. The Western New York region will receive a total of $20.1 million.

Springville will receive $482,946 to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Mayor William Krebs said there will be improvements made to the walkability of village streets connecting the parks. Mostly, he said, Woodward Avenue, Franklin and Buffalo streets.

There’s no current timeline for the improvement projects, Krebs said, but it’s likely the work won’t be completed until 2018.

“The goal was to improve public safety … including walkability on village roads,” Krebs said. “We’re extremely pleased to have been selected, it’s a large grant.”

The village was selected after a solicitation process in which it presented plans to increase options for non-vehicular transportation, reduce vehicle emissions or traffic congestion or both.

“This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrians and bicycle travel,” Cuomo said in a press release. “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.”

According to the state's press release, the funding will provide up to 80 percent of the cost of each project. The funding was made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.

This is not the first project completed to make the village more pedestrian friendly, both the Franklin Street improvements and the Pop Warner Rail Trail were designed with pedestrians in mind.

The village is also in the process of being designated a Green Energy Community through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Last month, the village was named a Climate Smart Community through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Climate Smart Community distinction was earned by adopting a resolution pledging the municipality's commitment to work toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions and support development of a green initiative community.

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