Take the road less traveled by – or in this case the one that is newly opened – and it will make a difference! The Crescent Road Trail has recently opened for foot traffic, bikers, and other multi-use purposes. It won’t remain “less traveled” for long, as it now provides easy access for pedestrians between Clifton Park and Halfmoon and adds to Clifton’s Park trail network.
Clifton Park and Halfmoon have always been neighbors, but they are now even more tied together with the completion of the long-awaited trail linking the two towns. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on the morning of Thursday, June 15 to celebrate the opening of the Crescent Road trail and the connection of the two towns near Exit 8 of the Northway.
Construction on the project began in March of 2016, and the Crescent Road Trail has been worth the wait! It is a step forward for the creation of Clifton Park’s large trail network and provides an extra level of safety for pedestrians near the highway. According to The Daily Gazette the total budget for the project was $2,547,373; $2,037,898 from federal funds, $312,755 from state funds, and $194,720 from Clifton Park and Halfmoon. Not only did the two towns share the cost of the trail, but also worked on the construction as a joint effort.
The newly opened Crescent Road Trail is approximately 1.3 miles long, is about 8-10 feet wide (depending on the location), and consists of mostly asphalt with some concrete sidewalks. Bikers and walkers can now travel between Okte Elementary School in Clifton Park to Dunsbach Road in Halfmoon. The trail and others in Clifton Park’s trail network contribute to more satisfied residents and easier conditions for students to travel. So put on your walking shoes, get outside, and take advantage of the new trail!
Clifton Park Trail Network
The new trail is part of the 14 new miles of trails that have been added around Clifton Park since 2000. Earlier this year the town was awarded more than $800,000 in state funds to continue their work on the trails as a transportation option, as reported by The Daily Gazette. The additional funds are planned for use in connecting the Crescent Road path with the Moe Road multi-use path in an effort to further connect neighborhoods and parks. Keep your eyes peeled when walking around town, as more paths are planned for the future!
The Daily Gazette: Clifton Park adds to expansive trail network