One neighborhood in The Electric City is getting a major infrastructure facelift.
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced $500,000 in state funding secured for the Crane-Main intersection upgrade.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says the improvements will be made at the intersection of Crane Street, Chrisler Avenue, and Main Street.
“This high-traffic intersection is in the heart of the Mont Pleasant neighborhood, and these upgrades reflect a community-led transformation that builds upon the momentum of positive change we’re seeing within the community. From the new library to the new Boys & Girls Club, to the new Orchard Park, and revitalization efforts along Crane Street, we’re just so excited to see such progress in the neighborhood,” stated McCarthy.
City officials say these upgrades reflect a community-led transformation.
The intersection upgrade was one of the primary community recommendations included in the City of Schenectady’s 2019 Craig-Main Connection final report.
“The Crane-Main intersection currently suffers from a host of problems, including poor pedestrian conditions, high traffic volumes and the awkward convergence of four roads at odd angles. I helped secure this funding to not only make it safer to motorists and pedestrians but also to help ensure the success and longevity of this important corridor,” replied Santabarbara.
This intersection, officials say, suffers from a number of problems, include:
- -Poor pedestrian conditions
- -High traffic volumes
- -Awkward convergence of four roads at odd angles
The upgrades will reduce the amount of excess pavement, increase greenspace, and build new crosswalks that are pedestrian friendly.
Earlier this month, Mayor McCarthy joined Congressman Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) to announce funding for another community recommendation from the Craig-Main Connection initiative – the $4.3 million Craig Street complete streets project – which is included in the INVEST in America Act, a major national infrastructure bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and awaiting review by the U.S. Senate.
City officials say construction for the project is expected to begin in 2022.