May 5, 2010

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Groundbreaking for Hudson Valley Rail Trail extension

HIGHLAND – Phase II of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail got underway Tuesday as officials broke ground for the project that is funded by more than $3.1 million in stimulus money.

Plans call for a 1.3 mile eastward extension of the trail from Commercial Avenue to the Walkway Over the Hudson on Haviland Road. When completed in October, walkers and cyclists will have a 12 foot wide, paved trail that spans the distance from Tony Williams Park on Riverside Road to Poughkeepsie.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey supports the project. “All of this is really marvelous; it’s marvelous because it’s bringing a significant number of people into our area. It’s upgrading the economy because of people coming in and it’s also very important for the opportunity it gives to families to take their children out and walk with them on this very warm and safe way on these trails,” he said.

Eventually, the rail trail is expected to span from the Highland area to East Fishkill.

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