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Inner Loop project receives $4.2 million

The Inner Loop East Reconstruction project can officially move forward with $4.2 million in new capital support from the state.

The funding fulfills the local match obligation required to get federal grant money. The money was awarded in equal parts from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the state Senate and Assembly.

“The Inner Loop East Construction Project will restore cut off connections between our neighborhoods and downtown, adding vitality to both,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren.

The eastern segment of downtown’s Inner Loop expressway runs from Monroe Avenue to Charlotte Street and is surrounded by densely-populated neighborhoods, businesses, recreational and entertainment attractions. The sunken Inner Loop cuts the area in half and sends people through, instead of encouraging them to spend time in the neighborhood.  The project reconstructs two-thirds of a mile into a complete street with more than six acres of available development opportunities.

The Rochester City Council unanimously voted to accept the funding Tuesday night. The $4.2 million fully funds the $21 million project.  Details may be found at www.cityofrochester.gov/innerloopeast or by calling City Engineer Jim McIntosh at (585) 428-6828.