NORTHVILLE - Village officials said they are aware the South Main Street bridge over the spillway between the Great Sacandaga Lake and Northville Lake could be dangerous to pedestrians, and they have been working to get the money to construct a walkway across it.
Trustee Debra Ellsworth has been on the village board for the last three years. She said the board has been trying to get the funding for this project since then.
Ellsworth said she understands the potential dangers, which prompted officials to seek funding.
"As a motorist, I'm very concerned when I see somebody on a bicycle or on foot on the bridge," she said. "Everyone who travels across it realizes the concern ... There's no public walkway. You have to walk along the roadway. You basically have to walk where the traffic is flowing. People walk, kids bike - it's really a dangerous situation."
Village officials have been denied funding numerous times since they began these efforts, but they are waiting to hear back from the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council on a recent application to study the project.
Village Clerk Wendy Reu said the village has applied for $100,000 to do a study of the proposed walkway.
Mayor James Groff said the project ultimately would cost just less than $1 million.
"People use it to walk across the spillway, to exercise, and it's very dangerous," Groff said. "We're trying to get the money to expand it and at least get a sidewalk in there."
Jason Conwall, Mohawk Valley Regional Council spokesman, said the projects haven't been awarded yet, and the process has been delayed a bit because of Hurricane Sandy.
However, Conwall said, village officials should know whether or not they were awarded the money within the next two weeks, and before the end of the year at the latest.