2005-08-18 / Community

Transportation Act Has More Money For Rockaway

The massive transportation spending measure signed August 10 by President George W. Bush included an eye-catching $15 million for a Rockaway ferry service, but there were several other nuggets for the peninsula tucked away in the vast document, The Wave has found.

Breezy Point, PS 114, Noel Road in Broad Channel, Jacob Riis Park and the Far Rockaway business district were all included in the windfall, a review of the 1,000-page “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users,” reveals.

Items in the act include:

•$500,000 to “improve traffic flow on Rockaway Point Boulevard in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens County, including work to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Rockaway Point Boulevard and Reid Avenue.”

•$250,000 to “install improvements for pedestrian safety including in the vicinity of PS Q114.”

•$1 million to “improve traffic flow on Noel Road between church and Cross Bay Boulevard including work necessary to demolish the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department facility.

•$300,000 to “rehabilitate Riis Park Boardwalk.

•$1,920,000 for “improvements to the Far Rockaway Business District.

The President signed the bill, which represents $286.4 billion in spending, at a plant in Montgomery, Illinois that builds Catepillar heavy machinery. Congress was seeking $400 billion in spending and some feared that the money for Rockaway projects would be trimmed off before the President put his pen to it.

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