Resolution No. 696

Authorizing The County Executive To Submit An Application And Assurances To The New York State Department Of Transportation For Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Funding For The Construction Of Active Transportation Improvements On Washington Avenue In The City Of Kingston – Department Of Planning

Resolution Information




Referred to:  The Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture Committee (Chairman Cahill and Legislators Corcoran, Criswell, Hewitt, Litts, Maloney and Sperry), The Public Works, Capital Projects and Transportation Committee (Chairwoman Petit and Legislators Erner, Fabiano, Litts, and Nolan), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Criswell, Roberts, and Ronk)


Chairwoman of the Public Works, Capital Projects and Transportation Committee, Laura Petit, and Deputy Chair Dean J. Fabiano offer the following:


WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the County Executive on behalf of the Department of Planning; and


WHEREAS, Washington Avenue is a major access route and the gateway to the City of Kingston; and


WHEREAS, Pursuant to Resolution No. 58 of March 2010, Ulster County established Capital Project No. 304 for the construction of the Kingston Rail Trail (the “Project”), which will be completed by the end of 2023; and


WHEREAS, the design report for the Kingston Rail Trail indicated that establishing a safe crossing of Route 28 at the trail intersection for active transportation activities was considered beyond the scope of the Project but should be explored later; and


WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has made available funding under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to support bicycle, pedestrian, multiuse paths and non-motorized transportation-related projects, which would be available to support active transportation improvements to allow crossing near the trail head and improve traffic safety in the area; and


WHEREAS, the County has received letters of support from local and state elected officials, and a letter of acknowledgement from NYSDOT for the Project; and


WHEREAS, the estimated project costs are $1,500,000.00 and NYSDOT has requested assurances that the required twenty (20) percent match of $300,000.00 would be available if funding was awarded; and


WHEREAS, NYS Rt. 28 is under the jurisdiction of the NYSDOT, and discussions indicate that utilizing state funds as the required local match is a possibility; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that the Ulster County Executive or their designee is hereby authorized to submit an application, as well as all necessary understandings, assurances, and additional information as may be required, to the New York State Department of Transportation under the TAP program in the amount of $1,500,000.00, with a Federal amount of $1,200.000.00, and a local match of $300,000.00 for purposes providing an active transportation crossing of NYS Route 28 near the Kingston Rail Trail; and, be it further


RESOLVED, any and all application documentation completed pursuant to this resolution shall be filed with the Clerk of the Legislature immediately upon  submission for distribution to all Legislative members; and, be it further 


RESOLVED, Ulster County will make available the required local match if the funding is awarded and NYSDOT is unable to provide the needed local funding,


and move its adoption.




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Passed Committee:  Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture on ____________.


Passed Committee:  Public Works, Capital Projects and Transportation on ____________.


Passed Committee:  Ways and Means on ____________.





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Updated: January 2, 2024