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New paths add safety buffer along Fire Road near GF YMCA

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Walkers and bicyclists now are buffered from traffic on Fire Road in Glens Falls by paths installed in the woods.

Still to come is a raised crosswalk to slow traffic near the Glens Falls Family YMCA, and a sidewalk in front of Kensington Road School.

Also added is a paved path from the school along Jerome Avenue to Fire Road.

A flashing light to slow motorists at the Fire Road crosswalk is in the works, too.

It’s all part of a largely federally funded $600,000 upgrade.

“The project ties everything together,” said Ed Bartholomew, Warren County EDC president and community/economic director for the City of Glens Falls.

Plan a raised crosswalk to YMCA; sidewalk on Jerome from Kensington Road School

On the new Fire Road path, Jacqueline and Ryan Cross with daughter Allison. “I was just saying how great this is,” Jacqueline said when The Chronicle happened to stop and talk to them. That’s the YMCA on the right. Chronicle photo/Cathy DeDe

“Fire Road is a major thoroughfare, but it’s narrow and people tend to speed, and these improvements will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.”

The federal government is paying $480,000 of the project’s cost; the City is contributing $120,000, Mr. Bartholomew said. The initial feasibility study was funded by the Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council.

“Senator [Charles] Schumer was very supportive and helpful in us getting the grant,” Mr. Bartholomew said.

— with reporting by David Cederstrom

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