Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Anti-Vandal Walkway Design

Post by charlie6017 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:52 am

JBlaisdell wrote:Then can I come by and spraypaint my tag on your house?
Why are you babbling stupid troll-like comments? I'm thinking that Russ is far from a destructive person, and maybe you would too if you go back and look through postings.

Quit stirring the pot; if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything.
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I try to follow my own advice, however I felt the need to say something here.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Anti-Vandal Walkway Design

Post by pablo » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:59 am

OK, got it, guys. More about the walkway, or are we done here?

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Anti-Vandal Walkway Design

Post by RussNelson » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:13 am

JBlaisdell wrote:Then can I come by and spraypaint my tag on your house?
Only if not spraypainting my house is stopping you from taking a good photograph of the train tracks below. (I can't believe I just wrote that sentence. I guess illogic is infective!)

Dave -- yes, until there are portals in the fence. Then we get to argue about who put them in. :-)

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Anti-Vandal Walkway Design

Post by JBlaisdell » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:10 pm

I know Russ contributes a lot. I appreciate that. I apologize for the manner in which I made my comments. However, the Walkway is private property, and it hurts the railfan community for someone to suggest cutting a hole in a fence for the sake of some pictures.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Anti-Vandal Walkway Design

Post by RussNelson » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:40 pm

Well, that's not exactly what I proposed. I suggested that if a professional job was done creating camera portals, it would be a long, long time before they were removed, if ever. Cutting a hole? Vandalism, to be sure. Creating a camera portal? Solving a problem.

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Poughkeepsie Bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson

Post by joshuahouse » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:18 pm

I am hoping to get over to Poughkeepsie on the tenth. Does anyone have suggestions for parking? I've not spent any time in Poughkeepsie so I'm uncertain of the lay of the land sort to speak. I can park on either side of the river since I will be returning to Bath the same day.
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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by Bernard Rudberg » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:45 pm

There is actually more parking room on the west side of the river in Highland. On the east side the lot is in the City of Poughkeepsie.

When you enter from the Highland side you are also much closer to the river. From the Pok side you have to walk half a mile to get out over the river.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by Bernard Rudberg » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:45 pm

There is actually more parking room on the west side of the river in Highland. On the east side the lot is in the City of Poughkeepsie.

When you enter from the Highland side you are also much closer to the river. From the Pok side you have to walk half a mile to get out over the river.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by RussNelson » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:49 pm

There's not much parking in the official lot on the Pok side, but there's lots of on-street parking if you're willing to walk .... a ways. I haven't been over to the parking lot on the Highland side, but I speculate that once it's full, it's full and there's no parking anywhere near. On the other hand, it's a bigger lot.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by nysw3636 » Sat May 01, 2010 9:08 am

The parking lot just south of the Highland side entrance is off limits right not. Only parking available is along Haviland Road right now. This is due to dirt being dumped there from the rail trail expansion going on. The dirt is coming from Mile Hill Road, which is where a new bridge will be constructed. Once this project is finished, the parking lot will be reopened.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by Spro » Sun May 02, 2010 5:56 am

On the Poughkeepsie side, the Pougkeepsie Journal reported on 4/28 that the City of Poughkeepsie is leasing a former diner parking lot on Parker ave,

"With the state preparing to implement parking fees for drivers visiting the Walkway Over the Hudson, free spaces could be available next week on the City of Poughkeepsie side of the span."

But for now, the Highland side has more parking. Pretty much the entire length of the north side of Havailand can be used for parking.

And the debris from Mile Hill road, that is the CNE concrete bridge that was filled in, and the 2 CNE concrete bridges on New Paltz road will be gone this year too, the Eastern one is all ready down, and Ulster county will replace the other one on the western end by Tony Williams park by mid summer. Get you photos now! The center lanes on 9W where it crosses the former Maybrook in Highland is also a CNE concrete arch Bridge.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by RussNelson » Sun May 02, 2010 6:29 pm

So, my question is: are they going to replace the bridge at Milton Avenue? And will there be a tunnel underneath 9W, or is there one there already? And are they going to put back the bridge at S. Riverside Road / Black Creek Road / County Road 15 or whatever it's really called?

Are the plans for this extension published anywhere?

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by alewifebp » Sun May 02, 2010 10:38 pm

Depending on the day, parking can be very problematic. I had parked in Highland, and the entire Haviland Road was occupied, and there were major delays trying to leave. I ended up parking in a lot all the way up at 9W.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by Spro » Mon May 03, 2010 5:31 am

Russ, the answers to those questions are as follows....

By Milton Ave, I think you mean Vineyard Ave, which is also US44/NY55, yes, the footings are in place and a pre-fab bridge will be put over the roadway.

There is an existing bridge which 9W passes over the ROW. The center of that span is a CNE built concrete arch, and the outer lanes are pre-stressed slabs. There will be a ramp from the west side of 9W down to the trail from there.

At South Riverside at Tony Williams park, I can't answer that, I know it has come up and believe or not it is on the state DOT's wish list to restore that. The other bridge which crosses the empty ROW right now is being replaced later this year, so they are serious about extending the west end of the trail. Currently the trail is closed in the middle for the bridge project.

You can visit the Hudson Valley rail trails web site, they do talk about the Eastern extension, http://www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net/

And in other local rail trail news, last year the 11 miles of the Wallkill valley passed into the hands of the Wallkill Valley land trust with the intention of extending the Wallkill valley rail trail from Rosendale to Kingston.

And to stay on topic, the parking is much better, the crowds have left, that is not to say the weekend is not busy on the bridge, but the insanity has quieted down.

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Re: Poughkeepsie Bridge Parking

Post by Steve F45 » Tue May 04, 2010 11:46 am

on 1010wins.com they have an article about the state charge $5 for parking to goto the walkway over the hudson.

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