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Albany gets $3.1M from NY state for new riverfront skyway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The city of Albany is getting more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the downtown project will transform the Clinton Avenue ramp off the northbound side of Interstate 787 into the Albany Skyway. The Democrat says the project will offer another safe way to reach the city's Corning Riverfront Park.

The funding is in addition to a $375,000 state grant awarded in December 2016 for preliminary planning and design for the project, expected to be completed by late 2020.

Downtown Albany already has a 16-year-old pedestrian bridge spanning I-787, but the new skyway will be closer to a section of the city undergoing redevelopment.

AP-WF-03-05-18 1924GMT

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