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Bedford Sidewalks Project Moves Along

BEDFORD, N.Y. – A sidewalks project in the works since 2004 will soon take another baby step forward, but it faces financial roadblocks, Bedford Town officials said Tuesday.

The Valley Road Project was conceived to add sidewalks from Cherry Street to Wildwood Road in place of the deteriorated sidewalks between Wildwood and New Street.

Bedford Commissioner of Public Works Kevin Winn said that at this point, the project has been going through the state approval process for a few years, but its trajectory has recently slowed even more.

The department of public works originally estimated the project would cost $515,000, which would include a federal match for the amount of $324,000, a state match of $61,000 and a town contribution of $140,000, according to Winn. However, when the town bonded for this project in 2010, it was assumed $200,000 could be taken from the town’s highway fund balance.

“But unfortunately this was in the days when the highway fund balance was good. Last year there was quite a hit to that fund balance,” Winn said.

Winn said the department is looking at a $170,000 deficit for the project budget, so he will recommend bonding.

He also proposed that Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts be authorized to sign a modified agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation to have the state provide the town with funds for construction. Previously, the town had been granted approval for the project’s design, but no funds were authorized.

“It’s so frustrating but it’s an important piece of sidewalk to facilitate pedestrians or anyone getting from Cherry Street and the upper ridges of Katonah and down into town,” said Roberts. “And it’s a very dangerous stretch. It needs drainage, it’s very rocky, but it’s very important to the residents of the whole area to be able to get to town.”

Although Roberts said she is disappointed the project will be more expensive than anticipated, she said the town needs to move forward with its plans. She suggested that the situation may look brighter when the project is approved by the state and contractors begin bidding on it.

“Hopefully in the final analysis it will be less than anticipated and perhaps bids will come in for it,” she said.

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