August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $85k Federal Investment for Lake Champlain Bridge

Department Of Transportation Award Funds To Help Restore The Scenic Character Of The Byway

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $85,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the New York State Department of Transportation for the Lake Champlain bridge to help restore the scenic character to help restore the scenic character the byway. 

“New York State is full of beautiful paths and trails that require some serious preservation efforts,” said Schumer. “This investment will ensure that these scenic routes are improved and preserved, and will mean that thousands of tourists who come to visit each year can safely enjoy those well-preserved trails, and access plenty of information on their rich histories.” 

“The drive through the Adirondacks along Lake Champlain is breathtaking,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal investment will go a long way in improving and maintaining the beauty of the North Country. People traveling up and down the Northway will get a glimpse of what our local community has to offer.”

The New York State Department of Transportation will use this federal funding to conduct planning along the byway for the approach to the Lake Champlain Bridge. Planning will consider landscaping and traffic-calming measures to restore the scenic character of the byway. This project will examine how the bridge, byway, and surrounding State historic and recreational areas could function coordinated operation and physical connections.

The funding, provided to New York by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program, provides funding to implement projects on scenic and all-American highways for planning, design, and develop of projects that manage and protect outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, and archaeological qualities along these byways and improve visitor facilities.