Nov 01 2014

New York State Announces Additional $1.82 Million for the Motor Parkway Trail


Last Monday, New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $70 million in funding for 69 bicycle and pedestrian projects including $1.82 million for the Motor Parkway Trail.

"These projects will help communities become more walkable and bicycle friendly, as well as show off the natural beauty that exists in every corner of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “I thank the Federal Highway Administration and our representatives for helping the state secure this funding so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy New York like never before."

The funding for the Motor Parkway Trail will enable the addition of a 1.4 mile multi-use trail segment in the heart of Nassau County.The trail segment would link existing and well utilized multi-use trails around the Nassau Hub with trails and bike lanes further east along Salisbury Park Drive. This “missing link,” once completed, would then create a continuous trail system stretching more than 10 miles.

On June 3, 2014, on behalf of the Long Island Motor Parkway Presevation Society, I provided the below letter in support of this funding.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

 

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June 3, 20014

Joan McDonald, Commissioner

New York State Department of Transportation

50 Wolf Road

Albany, NY12232

LI Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail:  Old Country Road – Salisbury Park Drive Segment

Dear Commissioner McDonald:

I am writing you to express the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society’s strong support of Nassau County’s efforts, specifically the Department of Public Works, to secure funding from the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) solicitation offered through the New York State Department of Transportation.As president of this 225-member organization, we strongly support this plan to honor the first road built exclusively for automobiles and to offer practical and fun transportation options on this historic route.

I understand that this funding will be used to greatly assist in implementing the Long Island Motor Parkway Trail vision with the addition of a 1.4 mile multi-use trail segment in the heart of Nassau County.The trail segment would link existing and well utilized multi-use trails around the Nassau Hub with trails and bike lanes further east along Salisbury Park Drive.This “missing link,” once completed, would then create a continuous trail system stretching more than 10 miles.

Moreover, our understanding is that the proposed 1.4 mile “missing link” of the LI Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail would include an Old Country Road to Salisbury Park Drive segment, thereby creating a contiguous pedestrian and bicycle trailway from the Nassau Hub to the historic Hamlet of Levittown.The contiguous trailway will then be able to link a concentrated mix of educational, cultural, professional office retail and entertainment land uses with single-family residential neighborhoods.Ultimately, linking residential neighborhoods to employment and commercial centers by way of non-motorized transportation infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emission, reduce transportation costs and promote a healthy lifestyle; goals our organization fully support.

Nassau County has adopted the Motor Parkway Trail Vision Plan to restore and enhance important transportation connections through Nassau County, but this time for pedestrians and bicyclists. The restored Long Island Motor Parkway Trail and the construction of this “missing link” will provide important alternative transportation infrastructure that will enhance the quality of life for the residents of Nassau County and support local and regional economic development goals.  On behalf of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society and as Town Historian of the Town of North Hempstead, I hope that you will give this application your full consideration. 

Enjoy,

 

Howard Kroplick

President, Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

Town Historian, Town of North Hempstead



Comments

Nov 02 2014 S. Berliner, III 12:15 AM

Yee-hah!  We’ve come a long way, baby!  Thanks, Howard.  Sam, III

Nov 02 2014 BRUCE ADAMS 12:44 AM

Great Going, Howard !
Another advancement for The Motor Parkway’s Preservation and use.

Nov 02 2014 Jennifer Sappell 8:20 AM

Congratulations, Howard and congratulations Nassau County! Awesome.

Nov 02 2014 Frank Krawiecki 9:28 AM

Job well done, Howard! Thanks for being the soul and inspiration behind this important project.

Nov 02 2014 ROGER YACKEL 12:30 PM

NICE WORK HOWARD

Nov 02 2014 Joby 4:02 PM

Congratulations Howard, you guys have done such an amazing job.

Nov 02 2014 Ted 9:22 PM

Need not say more, but keep up the good work

Nov 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 10:05 PM

From Frank Femenias

Howard,
Nice job on the bike paths in Nassau County. Because of the strong effort, congratulations to one and all!
Frank

Nov 04 2014 Ernie Finamore 9:58 AM

Great news, Howard. Another good place to ride our pedal powered vehicles, too!
Thanks for all your efforts. See you soon, maybe this Saturday at the
Freeport Recreation Center for the Long Island Auto Replica Society’s (LIARS)
annual MODEL CAR CHALLENGE judged model car show and swap meet.
We are once again expecting about 300 beautifully built model cars, trucks,
and motorcycles from all over the Northeastern United States.
Spectators are welcome - adults only $5.00, under 11 free w/ adult admission.
Thanks again for the great news!—Ernie

Dec 01 2014 Tom Montalbano 5:31 PM

As an avid bicyclist and local history buff, I am so excited to see the Motor Parkway Trail taking shape, and I am grateful to Howard and the Preservation Society for all you have done.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tom Montalbano
Syosset, NY

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