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Old 01-10-08, 08:09 AM   #1
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NYS Governor announces trail help

New Yorks governor announced help to the Poughkeepsie RR bridge that will link two rail trails . From the Poughkeepsie Journal :

""I am announcing the state's commitment to transform the dormant Poughkeepsie Rail Bridge into an awe-inspiring historic park, complete with a walkway and bikeway that will create a unique public space with breathtaking views of the Hudson," Spitzer said in his speech.

With a goal of a September 2009 grand opening, the proposed project includes a 35-foot-wide span for hiking, jogging and biking, with benches and lights, plus elevators to provide handicapped and bicycle access from near Washington Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie. It would be run as a state park, and would be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. That title is held by the 5,353-foot Old Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River north of St. Louis."
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The organization running the bridge has a website with a creative name:

http://www.walkway.org/

I'm glad Governor Spitzer said something to the effect that it should be for bicycles too.

The Poughkeepsie bridge had trains running on it until 1974 or so, when a train caught fire and burned. As a result, the steel has lost a portion of it's strength, and can no longer support the weight of a train.
Bicycles are a lot lighter than trains though.
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That's really awesome on quite a few levels, and from what you've said it sounds like it's pretty well thought out. I have family out that way I should go visit when they get it done!
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The trail when completed will be approx. 35 feet wide over the bridge which is 212 ft above the water. I think the engineering report surprised a lot of folks and there is an expected 14 million dollar annual positive impact to the mid-hudson valley region. What I really like is the fact there will be within the next 5 years or so a trail that will stretch from New Paltz NY to Yonkers by connecting to other trails in Putnam and Westchester as well as Dutchess.
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The trail when completed will be approx. 35 feet wide over the bridge which is 212 ft above the water. I think the engineering report surprised a lot of folks and there is an expected 14 million dollar annual positive impact to the mid-Hudson valley region. What I really like is the fact there will be within the next 5 years or so a trail that will stretch from New Paltz NY to Yonkers by connecting to other trails in Putnam and Westchester as well as Dutchess.
Wow! With a return like that, NY ought to build a couple more spans across the Hudson. Think of the positive economic impact!
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I wish they would bring rail service back but I'll take take a bicycle path. ;-)

Taking Metro-North to this bridge should open a lot of area to discovery. Now if we can only get the governor to open the Gothals Bridge in Staten Island.
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