Kingston applies for state RAISE grant for major city waterfront …

KINGSTON - The City of Kingston has applied for a £22 million RAISE Discretionary Grant from the federal government to enhance and protect the waterfront area. The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program provides funding for road, rail, transit, and port projects that have significant local or regional impact. Kingston's application includes several projects totaling £27 million in investments to the infrastructure at the Rondout Creek to create a safer transportation network to the waterfront.

New sidewalk and bicycle paths will provide connections to and from the historic business districts, will complete branches of the Kingston Greenline and the Empire State Trail and will connect to the 520-acre Sojourner Truth State Park.

The project will also address current and anticipated tidal flooding from the Rondout Creek and Hudson River by elevating roadway corridors where flooding threatens the damage infrastructure and prevent access to one of the city's most frequented public parks.

"We think this vital initiative will enhance the quality of life for residents in many ways - from increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists, to accessing nature, and breathing better air," said Mayor Steven Noble.