Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

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march hare
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Help is on the way!!

Post by march hare » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:57 pm

Improved pedestrian access from the Poughkeepsie side is on its way. Work is set to begin in the next few months on an elevator, to be built on the south side of the bridge a few hundred feet in from the shoreline. It will be easy walking distance from the MNCR station and the associated parking garage.

Property is currently owned by Central Hudson (part of a former electirc generating station and gas plant, both long gone) and part of it is still in use as an electric substation and gas distribution and storage facility. A very small parcel (basically the foot proint of the elevator) will be sold to Parks and Rec, the access path is likely to be a right of way/easement rather than an actual sale.

My understanding is that the sale needs to be approved by the Public Service Commission, but this is expected shortly. Slated completion of the elevator is sometime before next summer, but I don't have better details than that.

This should make the bridge a more attractive destination for folks living south of Poughkeepsie, who can now take the train to the bridge more readily.

In the meantime, charging a few bucks for parking at a state (or national) park is hardly unprecedented. For example almost all of the national parks charge for vehicular access at the gate, whether you choose to park in the park or not. To some extent, this is intended to encourage people to leave their cars at home, so less land area is taken up by "un-park-like" things like paved parking lots.

And of course, the parking fees also help offset the fact that our politicians are no longer willing to provide public money for frivolous things like parks. Maintenance money's got to come from somewhere, and as a nation we seem to be allergic to taxes (which BTW are lower in the US than in practically any other civilized country on earth...but I digress)

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Poughkeepsie (city) NY - Walkway Elevator

Post by bigK » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:43 am

a few weeks ago,March 5,I went down to Water Street to see if there was any construction related activity with both Upper Landing park and the Walkway elevator

there was construction fencing along along Water street in front of the old Hoffman house - other than the fencing there was no construction equipment in place and no other signs of construction activity

for a full report of the above,and activity at the old Dutton lumber yard,and pictures please visit my
Hudson Valley - cycling adventures and trailway reports blog

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Re: Poughkeepsie (city) NY - Walkway Elevator

Post by bigK » Sun May 26, 2013 2:07 pm

construction is underway as of 05-22-13

on my recent visits to the Walkway - 5/18 for the ceremony honoring Fred Schaeffer as the Rails To Trails Conservancy 2013 RT Champion and a return during the week for construction activity.I obtained a Walkway (org) membership card - on it was an artist's conception of what the elevator will look like - also I had learned from this card that there will be an ampitheater in the park that is being built

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SOUTH SIDE VIEWS

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from the Walkway deck at the point where the elevartor access will be (top) looking down

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wide angle view from the Walkway deck of Upper Landing Park construction

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at river level - close up view of bridge in area of future elevator taken from the Mid Hudson Children's Museum across the Fallkill Creek

NORTH SIDE VIEW

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wide angle view of the BCI elevator construction staging area - BCI is the company awarded the contract to build the elevator

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Re: Poughkeepsie (city) NY - Walkway Elevator

Post by bigK » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:24 pm

07-17-2013

the Walkway elevator tower is now almost complete

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the above photo was taken Fri. 07-12

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and just 4 days later the above photo - work on the basic tower,top deck frame,and the frame for the elevator,is progressing
rapidly

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Walkill Valley Rail Trail

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue May 01, 2018 1:39 pm

Surprised we didn't have a topic on this! Anyway, here is some news about a connection to Walkway over the Hudson:

http://www.recordonline.com/news/201804 ... -new-paltz" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Rail-trail extension underway near New Paltz

Chris White, the project manager for Ulster County, said the county is in charge of its 1.25-mile piece of the 5.5-mile-long project.

The Town of Lloyd has a .7-mile piece to the east back to the Walkway Over the Hudson by the Metro North train station.

The state Department of Transportation is charting the path of its 3.5-mile section, leading from near Lowe’s on Route 299 west into the Village of New Paltz, across Route 32 to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail heading north.

The project will also link up to the trail that’s planned across the valley floor west to the Shawangunk Ridge.
Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: Walkill Valley Rail Trail

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue May 01, 2018 1:43 pm

RESOURCES:

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https://www.wvrta.org/enjoying-the-trai ... al-report/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

https://www.wvrta.org/enjoying-the-trai ... old_final/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

https://www.wvrta.org/enjoying-the-trai ... eport2006/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

Post by robmcalpine » Tue May 15, 2018 2:20 pm

So, when this section is completed, one will be able to ride a bike on a contiguous paved trail from Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County to Kingston, NY in Ulster County?
Do I have this correct?
That would be cool..

Rob

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

Post by unichris » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:23 pm

robmcalpine wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 2:20 pm
So, when this section is completed, one will be able to ride a bike on a contiguous paved trail from Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County to Kingston, NY in Ulster County?
I hope so.

But the bigger news is that Empire Trail money has been funneled through Metro North to turn the middle portion of the Maybrook Line into a rail-with-a-trail from Brewster to Hopewell Junction, work has started with expected completion in 2021. Previous plans to build a bridge across the yard at Southeast seem to have fallen to the back burner, so there will be about a mile gap on roads. But basically one will be able to ride from the NYC subways in the Bronx some 48 miles up to Brewster on the current trails of the former Putnam Division, then up the Maybrook to Hopewell, the existing Duchess County trail to the Walkway, across it, and whatever is accomplished on the west side of the river. Even going just a bit west and turning back to catch a train at Poughkeepsie makes a Century ride - though it's too bad there aren't later evening return schedules on the Hudson Line.

I like the rail-with-a-trail in concept, especially as having a bikes-allowed commuter rail line intersecting with a trail at multiple points eases user planning a lot since it gives options to bail out if a ride isn't going well or is behind schedule. And relevant here, it keeps the rails! That said, of course the Maybrook is not a revenue line. One thing that I suspect will be unfortunate from a trail perspective is that building a rail-with-trail is probably going to mean trimming back the tree canopy, and depending on how widely that is done it could take 10, 20, 30 years to grow back. It sounds minor, but the experience of riding the mostly tree covered Putnam Division is very different from something like the Bike Sundays closures of the Bronx River Parkway where you're out there on the wide asphalt and shoulders of a highway under the summer sun with only the occasional rest stop under an overpass for relief.

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