For Immediate Release
April 7, 2021
Mayor Madden: City Awarded $67,500 Grant from Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) for Federal Street Study
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has received a $67,500 grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee’s (CDTC) 2021-22 Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program to plan for the reconfiguration of Federal Street between River Street and 6th Avenue.
Mayor Madden said, “As development expands north from downtown, Federal Street remains a barrier that separates Troy’s walkable downtown from the Hedley District. Study of the possible reconfiguration of Federal Street is an opportunity to correct a car-centric design mistake of the 1970’s when the rebuilding of the Green Island Bridge and Federal Street approach created a void in our urban fabric. Improvement of the Federal Street corridor will play a key role in creating a safer, more walkable community, and we thank the Capital District Transportation Committee for funding this important investigation.”
Primary focus of the study will be the creation of a transportation corridor that works for pedestrians, not just the rapid movement of vehicles as currently designed. The study will look at potential improvements, including introduction of on-street parking, creation of a boulevard or pedestrian islands, and construction of a roundabout at River Street and Federal Street as proposed in the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization study. These connectivity opportunities will help support continued redevelopment of the area, improve traffic flow while reducing vehicle speeds, increase pedestrian safety, and support greater connectivity to the City’s urban trail network.
The Green Island Bridge Gateway, including the reconfiguration of Federal Street, was one of four study areas identified in the City’s Comprehensive Plan for potential waterfront access and gateway improvements. Initial concepts were presented during a public meeting at Revolution Hall in downtown Troy in January 2020 for public feedback and recommendations.
More information about CDTC’s Linkage Program please visit https://www.cdtcmpo.org/page/10-project-programs/39-linkage-program
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John Salka, Communications Director
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