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Alexandria receives $2.3 million in support for water project development

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The town of Alexandria will receive $2.3 million in federal grants and loans in order to move forward with its Route 12 water project.

The water distribution project, which is planned to run from Otter Street in Alexandria Bay to the Price Chopper area on Route 12, has been in development for about six years.

“It’ll definitely get it off the ground and complete,” said town Supervisor Dale D. Hunneyman.

The funding for the town from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was one of 74 projects in 40 states announced Wednesday, with funding totaling $203 million. The funding come’s from the department’s Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program.

The $2.3 million in federal aid for the town is split into $1,190,000 in grants and $1,110,000 in loans.

Mr. Hunneyman said multiple people and entities have expressed interest in developing along the area of the planned water distribution project.

“One of the questions people ask is if there’s water and sewer,” he said. “The water line is going to be a big help.”

Among the potential projects Mr. Hunneyman said he had heard about was a potential second phase of development at the Price Chopper plaza, near the Thousand Islands Bridge.

“There’s benefits off this waterline already and it’s not even in the ground,” he said.

He added that the project also will improve the access and quantity of drinking water across the newly covered area.

In a news release announcing the new funding, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the new money had economic and safety benefits.

“Water and wastewater projects like these help safeguard rural access to a modern, working infrastructure, which in turn ensures a decent quality of life and helps attract — and keep — the best and brightest in small towns across America,” Mr. Vilsack said in his statement.

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