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Transportation projects totaling $500G added to state budget

Three new transportation projects that will benefit East Hampton, Southampton and Mastic Beach have been added to the State Five Year Capital Plan, Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) announced Monday.

The funding includes $500,000 for Safe Routes to Schools projects in Southampton that would be undertaken in 2017 and 2018, and $490,000 for Safe Routes to Schools projects in East Hampton that would be scheduled during the same time period.

The goal of the national Safe Routes to Schools program is to provide safer conditions for children biking or walking to school.

“The money can be used for more sidewalks, creating bike lanes, crossing guards ... things like that,” Thiele said in an interview Monday.

Mastic Beach will receive $280,000 for sidewalk rehabilitation.

“I am pleased that these important safety projects have been added to the State Capital Budget for funding,” Thiele said in a news release. “They are a critical part of rehabilitating the State’s infrastructure. Suburban and upstate legislators fought hard to insure these funds were provided.”

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