Saratoga County community puts its money where it’s mouth is when it comes to trails

A plan for an off-road bicycle and pedestrian trail along Saratoga Springs’  Geyser Road that has been advocated for a decade is finally moving into the design phase. The two-mile trail would run along the north side of Geyser Road from the Milton Town line to Route 50.

Understanding that multiple-use trails are a part of critical public infrastructure,  the city of Saratoga Springs didn’t want to waste any more time preparing to develop the trail, and thus they the city’s 2013 capital projects budget contains $150,000 for the Geyser Road trail. This is a smart investment for the city – by prioritizing the money, they’re not waiting for mana from heaven.

At first, city officials were considering keeping the $150,000 in the 2013 capital projects budget as the matching part of a matching state or federal construction grant. Later they discovered that the project would have to be designed and ready for construction to qualify for the grant money. So they moved ahead with funding the design work anyway.

A feasibility study for the trail done by engineers Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Albany three years ago indicated that the trail could be built at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.

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