Jul 18, 2018, 9:42 am

Suffolk County legislators approve $10M ‘Rail-to-Trail’ project

Construction on 14-mile bike and jogging will begin in 2019 pending DOT approval


MOUNT SINAI — 25A in Mount Sinai is considered the one the busiest and most dangerous road for bikers, which makes the approval by Suffolk legislators to begin construction of the "Rail-to-Trail" bike and jogging path all the more important.

For decades, bikers and joggers along 25A have been asking for better travel paths to avoid traffic. The 14-mile long trail has been seriously discussed for the past 15 years and after multiple delays, plans are underway following legislative vote on Tuesday to authorize the project.

The project bike and jogging trail will go through Port Jefferson, then the towns of Mount Sinai, Miller Place, Sound Beach, Rocky Point, Shoreham East and Wading River.

The total project is estimated to cost around $10 million. The county is taking out nearly $9 million in bonds to pay for the project.

Construction will begin in 2019, pending final approval from the State Dept. of Transportation.

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