JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized execution of a $400,000 grant agreement with the federal government to conduct a feasibility and preliminary design study for development of the Fonda bypass "connector" highway.
If built, the highway would run from state Thruway Exit 28 in Fultonville to Route 30A near the Johnstown Industrial Park.
Board Chairman Michael F. Gendron was authorized to access the 2012 Transportation, Community and System Preservation grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.
A similar resolution must be passed by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, which Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said today is still discussing the issue at the committee level.
"We have to look at that carefully for the long-term effects on how it will benefit our county," Gendron told the board.
Mraz was informed in August that the $400,000 grant was approved as part of a project to do the $500,000 feasibility study. Both Fulton and Montgomery counties must now come up with identical $50,000 shares for the study.
According to the Federal Highway Administration website, the funds will "help study the proposed Fonda Connector Project in Montgomery and Fulton counties by identifying a preferred route, performing preliminary engineering and preparing a project cost estimate."
Mraz said the connector project may achieve these four major objectives: re-route heavy, commercial truck traffic around the villages of Fultonville and Fonda; significantly reduce truck traffic, air pollution, noise, vibration and congestion in the villages; improve access to the proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth; and provide a direct transportation link between I-90 to I-87 and the GlobalFoundries plant at the Luther Forest Technology Park in Saratoga County.
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