Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

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Help is on the way!!

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

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

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

Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

Postby 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..

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