CORNING | The City of Corning has been awarded a $480,000 state grant for pedestrian and traffic safety upgrades in a congested section of East Pulteney Street, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The grant will cover 80 percent of the $600,000 project, with Corning Enterprises - the economic development arm of Corning Inc. - contributing the required 20 percent local match, said City Manager Mark Ryckman.
"We thought we had a strong application, and we're very pleased to receive the grant," Ryckman said.
Preliminary designs call for changes to driving lanes as well as the installation of signage, raised medians and landscaping on East Pulteney Street, between Centerway and Baker Street, Ryckman said.
The project should greatly improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, he said.
The area is between the Corning Museum of Glass and the museum's main parking lot, and the majority of tourists who visit cross Pulteney Street there, CMoG President Marie McKee has told The Leader. The museum is in the midst of a major expansion.
That section of East Pulteney is also between a large Corning Inc. office building and a company parking garage, and near the busy Black's gas station and convenience store. The Corning Children's Center, also in the vicinity, has also endorsed the project.
Work will likely begin in the spring, Ryckman said.
"We'd like the project to be completed during this summer's construction season," he said.
The $480,000 grant came from the state Department of Transportation, using Federal Highway Administration funds. It was part of $67 million distributed statewide for 63 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path enhancement projects, according to Cuomo's office.
Projects in the Southern Tier got $3.3 million, also including $202,214 for the Lackawanna Trail along the Chemung River in Elmira; $164,960 for sidewalk improvements in the hamlet of Campbell; and $600,000 for sidewalks in the Town of Chemung.