Earlier this month we told you about two trail bridges that close significant gaps. The long-awaited reopening of the historic Dix Bridge between Saratoga and Washington counties is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8.
The 426-foot steel span, built in 1895, has been closed for more than two decade, will now be accessible for year-round recreational purposes such biking and snowmobiling and provide a connection to the Hudson River near Hudson Crossing Park, just north of Schuylerville at Champlain Canal Lock 5.
The bridge, named for John A. Dix, is now on the National Historic Register. But the site’s historical significance dates back long before the bridge was built. In 1777, during the American Revolution, British Gen. John Burgoyne and his troops crossed the Hudson River there in what became known as “Burgoyne’s Bridge of Boats.”
The Dix bridge is an integral part of the Champlain Canalway Trail, a project PTNY has long supported (see our original Concept Plan here). Read more about the trail’s development opportunities and constraints in the Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan.