Amsterdam gets $22.4M grant

AMSTERDAM — Residents can expect to see major changes being made to the city come spring as Amsterdam is being awarded $22.4 million.

The grant money will be used to conduct significant repairs and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure.

“This is a significant investment in our city,” said Mayor Michael Villa said in a prepared statement. “The $22.4 million worth of improvements, when added with the funding from the $10 million [Downtown Revitalization Initiative] will continue to help Amsterdam move forward and is a great illustration of the success we’ve had over the last few years.”

According to a press release, about $10.6 million will be spent on five different bridges and roads in the city including Route 30 over Cleveland Avenue, Route 30 ramp over Minavile Street, Route 30 over Route 67, Route 5 over Chuctanunda Creek, and Route 30 over the Mohawk River and East and West Arterial.

A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grant of $4.2 million was secured for streetscape, roundabouts and sidewalk improvements throughout the city.

A $2 million award was received for Church Street reconstruction.

A grant of $3.2 million was awarded for both the Pioneer Street bridge and sidewalk along the bridge.

And the city also applied for CMAQ funding and was awarded $2.4 million for lighting, crosswalks and sidewalks throughout the city.

Work on all the projects is expected to begin in spring.

Along with the $22.4 million grant, In September 2018, the city of Amsterdam was also announced the Mohawk Valley winner of the state’s $10 million DRI grant that will go towards 15 projects that will help improve the city.

Those projects include a community recreation center, renovating the Amsterdam Free Library, rehabilitating the former Key Bank into a mixed-use development, creating a gateway to the downtown district, a downtown improvement fund, creating public open space on Route 5, creating a marketing and wayfinding campaign, streetscape improvements on Bridge and Main streets, creating a community dog park, a boardwalk on the southside, strengthening the Chuctanunda Creek Trail, renovation of the Samuel Sweet Canal Store, relocating the Amsterdam Skate Park, creating a waterfront entertainment destination and creating a cohesive downtown.