The $1.5 million sidewalk projects currently underway in Gardiner include more than just “hunks of concrete,” said supervisor Carl Zatz. In fact, part of the New York Department of Transportation-funded sidewalk project that was awarded to Paul Colucci Excavation of Gardiner includes colorful pavers, 27 lampposts, landscaping and vegetation.
“Yes, we are getting two new sidewalks built,” said Zatz, referring to the first project, which will create a sidewalk from Town Hall to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and a second sidewalk that will connect the Gardiner Reformed Church to the Rail Trail. “But,” he added, “the plan calls for a lot of landscaping and beautification as well, like the section of pavers along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail between Farmers’ Turnpike and Route 44/55.”
The pavers are all different shapes and sizes and colors, and are reminiscent of the tracks and railroad ties of days gone by. There is an approximate ten-foot apron of pavers already installed, with more to come as the project continues.
The first sidewalk project is slated to be completed in July and the second sidewalk in August of this year.