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County Legislature Committee gives go-ahead to Tonawanda Rail Project


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oneilj - Posted on 04 March 2013

The Erie County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee unanimously gave the go-ahead for construction for the Sherwood Greenway Multi-Use Trail in the Town of Tonawanda.


The Sherwood Greenway project entails a two-mile pedestrian/bicycle path connecting the Erie County Riverwalk at Aqua Lane Park to the Two-Mile Creek Greenway System at Sheridan Park. The project includes the resurfacing of Sheridan Drive from River Road to Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda.


“Approving this stage of the project will achieve both resurfacing and improve access to the Riverwalk from Aqua Lane Park to Two-Mile Creek Park,” according to Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Tonawanda, Buffalo), a member of the Economic Development Committee. “This has been a priority and cooperative project with our partners in government. I appreciate County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana for furthering this exciting linkage.”


"This is a good example of what can be accomplished when government officials at all levels choose to cooperate,” Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick (R-Tonawanda) said.


“We are very pleased to see this project finally coming to fruition after years of frustration. We thank all involved in the process especially the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Thruway Authority and Erie County for getting this back on ‘track’ again,” Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana said. “This is a quality of life project for all for our residents to enjoy, and we look forward to its completion.”


“The path is utilized by citizens and groups such as Ride for Roswell. I look forward to our continued efforts in the community,” added Legislator Marinelli.


The federal government will cover about 75 percent of the cost of the project.