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LD 06 - Legislator Sarah S. Anker - FYI

Posted on: September 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] North Shore Rail Trail Update September 2020

Rails to Trails Sign

Construction Continues on the North Shore Rail Trail

The North Shore Rail Trail, formerly known as the Rails to Trails Recreational Path, is an approximately 10-mile recreational path and is currently under construction on the former Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) right-of-way, owned by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The trail runs from Crystal Brook Hollow Road in Mt. Sinai to Wading River Manor Road in Wading River, and parallels NYS Rt. 25A.

Currently, Suffolk County Department of
Public Works and DF Stone construction have placed RCA subbase material alongthe Trail from west (Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mt. Sinai) east to (Sound Beach
Boulevard, Miller Place, as of 09/16/2020) and are continuing east withsubbase, on a daily basis.  We anticipate asphalt to start being placed in
October 2020, weather permitting. The electrical sub-contractor has beenworking for the last month as well, repairing PSE&G facilities in various
locations throughout the job site. There are also plans to bring in the sub-contractorto begin installation of the bollards and construction of the crossings at
intersecting side streets, as per project plans. DF Stone and DPW plan to havethe western approximately 2.5 miles of trail (Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mt
Sinai to Miller Place Road, Miller Place) paved by the end of 2020.  TheTrail is estimated to be completed in Fall of 2021.

The project was first suggested over
50 years ago by local civic members, and re-introduced in 2001 by advocates of bicycleorganizations, the Setauket-Port Jefferson Greenway Trail and community
residents. Many individuals and elected officials have assisted in facilitatingthe path that is funded by federal and state grants totaling close to $10
million, with a $500,000 match from Suffolk County. Suffolk County entered intoa licensing agreement with LIPA to utilize the right-of-way for the trail. The
engineering group NV5 was chosen by the Suffolk County Department of PublicWorks (DPW) to plan and design the trail. The final design was approved by
Suffolk County DPW, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) andthe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018. 

In 2019, Suffolk County’s DPW
approved DF Stone Contracting to construct the trail, reducing the cost oftrail construction by approximately $2 million through the Request for Proposal
process. The county will work with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Highwaysand NYSDOT for trail signage and lighting installation at road intersections. Maintenance
of the trail will involve a partnership with not-for-profit organizations andSuffolk County Parks Department. Suffolk County Police and Parks Department
will provide law enforcement oversight for the trail.

The trail will connect localrecreational areas, schools, businesses, residential areas and athletic fields.
It will provide a safer alternative for residents to walk, run and bike. Theproject will be a green transportation alternative that will reduce traffic
congestion, improve air quality and encourage healthier lifestyles. The trail’sclose proximity to many locally-owned businesses along NYS Rt. 25A will enhance
the local economy and promote the ecotourism hub that includes the TeslaScience Museum, New York State RCA Park and downtown revitalization of Rocky

Legislator Anker’s office formed the NorthShore Rail Trail (formerly Rails to Trails) Civic Advisory Roundtable in 2016.
Each civic organization in the 6th Legislative District hasdesignated a representative to attend the roundtable meetings to provide input
in the development of the trail and to keep the community informed and involvedin the design and construction of the project. 

620 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai, New York 11766 • 631-854-1600

September 2020 North Shore Rail Trail Update (PDF)
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