The Trail Section Will Be Completed This Fall and Will Connect to the Empire Trail Later This Year
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction is underway on a new pedestrian path over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. The standalone path, set to be completed in early fall, will be connected to the Empire State Trail network later this year, offering unique views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountain range.
"The Empire State Trail is one of our state's most exciting outdoor attractions, offering New Yorkers and visitors alike the opportunity to travel across the entire state and see its natural beauty up close," Governor Cuomo said. "The new Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge will not only make it easier for pedestrians to cross the Hudson River while hiking this trail, it will also help attract even more visitors to explore this beautiful region and further position the Catskills and our entire state as a nation-leading destination for outdoor recreation."
"The Empire State Trail spans from Buffalo to Albany and New York City, providing residents and visitors with an amazing recreational experience," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The construction of a new pedestrian path over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge continues our efforts to increase connectivity and expand our trail network, providing enhanced access and new economic opportunities."
Work is taking place between the on-ramp from Route 32 on the bridge's west approach to the intersection of Route 199 and River Road on the east approach. Roadwork on the bridge deck will mainly consist of restriping lanes, as well as installing rumble strips and jersey barriers.
New York State Bridge Authority Chairman of the Board Richard A. Gerentine said, "This new pedestrian crossing will offer panoramic views of two of New York's greatest natural assets: the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It will also serve as an important trail link, connecting residents and visitors to parks, historic sites, and communities not only in in the Hudson Valley, but throughout the Empire State."
New York State Bridge Authority Acting Executive Director Tara Sullivan said, "Governor Cuomo's vision of a statewide trail network is one step closer to completion with the addition of pedestrian access to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. With the superstructure of that bridge being below the road deck, visitors will be treated to clear scenic vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains."
A four-foot pedestrian walkway is being constructed on the south side of the bridge, separated by a three-foot high jersey barrier. The walkway will be ADA compliant, with passing zones and turnarounds every 200 feet. Bicyclists will still be required to use the shoulders of the road. A pedestrian crosswalk will also be installed at the intersection of Route 199 and River Road. Upon completion of the project, speed limits on the bridge will be lowered from 40 to 35 mph.
Parking for trail users will be provided on both sides of the bridge. Nine spaces will be provided on the west approach along the west side entrance of the bridge office facility. On the east approach, 10 spaces will be created along the south side of the approach road. Signs will be posted directing pedestrians to the designated public parking areas.
Hours of operation will be from dawn to dusk. By the end of 2020, the path will be part of the Empire State Trail, a network of on- and off-road trails going from New York City to the Canadian border and from Albany to Buffalo.
The New York State Bridge Authority
The New York State Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle Bridges. It also owns and maintains the structure of the Walkway Over the Hudson pedestrian bridge. The Authority is funded principally from bridge tolls and receives no state or federal tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation. Learn more at www.nysba.ny.gov.