Jamestown, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1.6 million in federal transportation funding dedicated to construction of the Downtown Jamestown Connector Trail. The project will complete and enhance the Riverwalk between Institute & Washington Streets and through the Chadakoin Park area. Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, and other local elected officials joined Higgins.
“The economic development benefits that this funding brings to the Jamestown area are immeasurable,” said Higgins. “Jamestown has seen over $40 million in new economic investments in recent years, and the addition of a trail which will create a tourism-related riverfront district will help to bring the development together. Furthermore, the Trail will offer residents and visitors with dramatic new vistas of the riverfront and will provide recreational opportunities, a physical connection to the historic rail station, environmental education opportunities and a new green space in the community. I am pleased to be joined by two champions of the City of Jamestown, Mayor Sam Teresi and County Executive Mark Thomas, who for years have invested in and labored for the renovation and renaissance of downtown Jamestown.
“The Connector Trail is yet another important piece in the transformation of downtown Jamestown,” said County Executive Thomas. “We are grateful to Congressman Higgins for securing the funding that will make this exciting project a reality.”
The funding will be used to complete the Riverwalk between Institute Street and Washington Street as well as through the Chadakoin Park area, and the design of a connection between those two components. The Trail will utilize existing streets to provide a pathway from the Jamestown Gateway Station, circling the undeveloped waterfront area of the downtown core.
Higgins secured this funding in the recently passed transportation reauthorization bill (TEA-LU). Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton also secured $1 million for this project in the conference report on the bill, bringing total project funding to $2.6 million.