A study outlines options and costs for the Patroon Creek Greenway Trail Project.

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ALBANY — The Capital District Transportation Committee has released a feasibility study for the long-proposed Patroon Creek Greenway.

The proposed 8.8-mile, east-to-west trail is intended to connect the Albany Pine Bush Reservation and the Hudson River waterfront and is a central part of the regional trail plan. If completed, cyclists and pedestrians would be able to travel more easily and safely from Six Mile Waterworks Park to the Corning Preserve. The city has several north-south trails, but few east-west trails that connect to the larger regional trail plan.

Completing the full length of the trail won’t be cheap. The study divides the implementation of the trail into four phases, which include longer-term improvements, and the total costs for the four phases are between $56 million and $77 million.

The study outlines the options available to planners to overcome various obstacles, such as crossing Fuller Road, and the possible costs as well as various grant funding options.

The first phase focuses on segments from Everett Road east to the riverfront. These improvements will provide immediate benefits to the local neighborhood by increasing connectivity and access to Tivoli Preserve, the Hudson River waterfront and local community destinations, according to the study.

The second phase would provide an off-road connection between Six Mile Waterworks Park and Central Avenue, including a possible pedestrian bridge over Fuller Road.

A third phase depends on the redesign and replacement of the Everett Road bridge with a separate shared-use lane for pedestrians and cyclists. The fourth phase focuses on the long-term vision for the trail, which more closely follows Patroon Creek for its entire length.

The reality of any eventual construction can be complicated by a mishmash of public and private interests, including railroads and utilities.

The trail would primarily use the right-of-way that is currently unused and off-road from Six Mile Waterworks to Everett Road. It would then connect to Tivoli Reserve at West Hill before crossing Arbor Hill to the Skyway and Corning Reserve.

The project does not yet have a dedicated funding source, but having a planned route will make it more competitive when it comes to applying for funding.

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