BRASHER FALLS - Next year is the earliest construction on a widened path between St. Lawrence Central School and Munsons Mini Mart will begin, according to Supervisor M. James Dawson.
Mr. Dawson had discussed creating a more pedestrian-friendly path on Route 11C with SLC Superintendent Stephen Putman. The route could provide a safer way for SLC students to walk into the hamlet, he said.
I think its important to pursue it, he said. I think its a safety matter.
Mr. Dawson recently reviewed the area, on the same side as the SLC school, with state Department of Transportation staffer. After the review, he determined a sidewalk and curb would be cost-prohibitive and its construction could create logistical problems. Instead, he supports widening the roads shoulder to some degree.
It will give kids a little more leeway as far as walking is concerned, he said.
He was not sure of the costs yet, but said the widening would take place on the states right-of-way, and not onto private property.
We wouldnt go outside the right-of-way, he said.
He was also not yet sure how the project would be funded. He hoped the long-awaited gaming compact funds from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe could help fund the project. If the town received those funds, it could do the project handily, he said.