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Brasher considers road shoulder widening for pedestrians

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BRASHER FALLS - Next year is the earliest construction on a widened path between St. Lawrence Central School and Munson’s Mini Mart will begin, according to Supervisor M. James Dawson.

Mr. Dawson had discussed creating a more pedestrian-friendly path on Route 11C with SLC Superintendent Stephen Putman. The route could provide a safer way for SLC students to walk into the hamlet, he said.

“I think it’s important to pursue it,’ he said. “I think it’s a safety matter.”

Mr. Dawson recently reviewed the area, on the same side as the SLC school, with state Department of Transportation staffer. After the review, he determined a sidewalk and curb would be cost-prohibitive and its construction could create logistical problems. Instead, he supports widening the road’s shoulder to some degree.

“It will give kids a little more leeway as far as walking is concerned,” he said.

He was not sure of the costs yet, but said the widening would take place on the state’s right-of-way, and not onto private property.

“We wouldn’t go outside the right-of-way,” he said.

He was also not yet sure how the project would be funded. He hoped the long-awaited gaming compact funds from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe could help fund the project. If the town received those funds, it could do the project handily, he said.

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