Trail significant rail trail bridges host ribbon cuttings

Cohoes Trail Bridge to Open

Cohoes’ Black Bridge Trail project, a decade in the making, is finally completed.  A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this project that was approved in 2004 will take place on Thursday, October 17th at 3:00pm.

This bridge was a former Delaware & Hudson Rail Bridge that was abandoned back in the 1970s after the rail line was discontinued.  The bridge and the trail bed in Cohoes was purchased by the Open Space Conservancy to provide a connection in the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike trail between Green Island, Cohoes, and Peebles Island and Saratoga County. The Bridge also provides a connecting route between the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail and the Champlain Canalway trail. (Map)

Funding for the project was primarily from a Transportation Grant through the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  The local funding for this was provided by private development through a grant from Riverspark the NYS Heritage Area.  Funding to complete the project was also provided by the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency.

Parks & Trails has long supported this project, and closing the gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail network.

Dutchess Rail Trail Rt. 55 Bridge

A ribon cutting will be held to officially open the Rt. 55 bridge on Thursday, October 10th at 12pm on the Old Manchester Road side of the bridge in Poughkeepsie. This 700-foot long bridge helps overcome a critical gap in the Dutchess Rail Trail. Video of the bridge placement can be seen here.

An additional celebration, commemorating the completion of the Dutchess Rail Trail extension, will be held Saturday, November 16th at 2pm at the Hopewell Depot Trailhead in Hopewell Junction.

Planning a visit to these trails? Check out these trails, and more, at PTNY’s Trailfinder.

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