The Town of Islip has secured about $360,000 in state funding to install sidewalks and bike routes along Audwin Drive in Central Islip so that students can walk or bike to nearby schools, homes and community centers safely.
The funding comes from a grant from the state Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets to Schools Program.
The town applied for the grant in 2012 using student data and statistics from the Central Islip School District and the Central Islip Civic Council, the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, and the Central Islip Park Committee. The town’s application focused on the need for better infrastructure in a community that has the Francis J. O'Neill Elementary School, Central Islip Recreational Center, the Park Row housing development, single-family homes, and the construction of the Coventry Garden housing complex.
The grant will also fund sidewalks on nearby Duffy Street between First and Third Avenues.
“This is a great victory for the Town, as well as Central Islip residents, who will see major enhancements in the Audwin Drive area with the installation of a 10-ft wide sidewalk and bike route, curbing, regrading and signage,” said town Councilman Anthony Senft in a news release. “It will also provide safer passage for the many students using Audwin Drive to get to school -- this is really their victory.”
“The Central Islip Coalition is looking forward to the biking and walking paths, as they will provide a safe haven for kids traveling to and from school, or those just looking for recreation,” said Coalition president Debbie Cavanaugh.