The Rails to Trails project from Mt. Sinai to Wading River is still in its very early stages, and after an initial introduction meeting, Legis. Sarah Anker is looking for community feedback in order to aid in the decision.
On her website, Legis. Anker has created a page dedicated to the project with a form for community members to fill out with information and comments. Those interested can click here for the site and also call her district office at 631-854-1600.
, Legis. Anker called the project an expensive one. Estimates have the cost at anywhere from $8-10 million with 80 percent of the funding coming from the federal government and the rest by local government.
"At this point, we can't afford it," she said. "Am I decided either way? No. However, the price tag on this huge project is concerning."
If moved forward, a 10-mile trail would be created over the long-abandoned LIRR Wading River extension line from Mt. Sinai to Wading River. Proponents claim it would create a safe trail for bikers and pedestrians to travel as opposed to Route 25A, and that it would even make the location safer. Others raise security, privacy and cost concerns.
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