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State awards $2.2M for Long Island roadway cycling, walking projects

A cyclist rides over a small bridge on

A cyclist rides over a small bridge on the Bethpage Bikeway of the Massapequa Preserve on Oct. 21, 2012. The bike path runs from the middle of the Island in Bethpage to the South Shore village of Massapequa, paralleling the southern section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. Credit: Daniel Brennan

Brookhaven, Glen Cove and Amityville won a total of $2.2 million for green projects promoting cycling and walking, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

The state transportation department selected the municipalities to receive the federal dollars through a competitive process. A total of $112 million will be spent around the state.

“By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors a chance to experience the state’s natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Brookhaven is slated to receive $1.58 million to build 2.1 miles of new sidewalks and 1.2 miles of curbs.

Glen Cove’s downtown business district will obtain $362,208 to improve walking. Amityville will build 500 feet of a pedestrian/bike path with the $288,000 earmarked for it.

The federal funds should cover 80 percent of each project’s cost.

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