3.6-Mile Path Set to Open in 2019, Linking Rockland and Westchester Counties
Shared Path Will Be One of the Longest of its Kind in the Nation and Feature Six Scenic Overlooks Along the Westbound Span
Parking, Visitor Amenities will be Provided in Tarrytown and South Nyack
See Path Animation Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the unveiling of a new animation video of the 3.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian path that will provide new access and recreational opportunities on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The shared path, which will be one of the longest of its kind in the nation, will for the first time provide a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians between Rockland and Westchester counties across the Hudson River.
"Now that Westchester-bound traffic is flowing on the eastbound span of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, work is progressing on the construction of the path on the westbound span," Governor Cuomo said. "When this scenic path opens next year, residents and visitors will have unprecedented views of the enduring beauty of the lower Hudson River Valley, along with more ways to cross the majestic river."
When completed in 2019, cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy a 12-foot wide path located on the northern side of the westbound span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Separated from traffic by a concrete barrier and fencing, the path will also feature six scenic overlooks across the length of the 3.1-mile crossing.
New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll discussed the path and offered a first look at the animation last week at the 2018 New York Bike Summit in Saratoga Springs.
"The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will not only improve transportation connectivity in the region, it will maximize public investment," New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. "This beautiful crossing will attract visitors, serve commuters and offer new economic opportunities on both sides of the Hudson."
The path's landing points will be located on state-owned land in the villages of Tarrytown in Westchester and in South Nyack in Rockland. Each will feature parking lots, bicycle repair stations, restrooms and other visitor amenities, along with links to local bicycle and pedestrian networks.
Path travelers will also have access to six scenic overlooks, each with their own unique themes. Newly released renderings of the overlooks can be viewed here.
Mayor of South Nyack, Bonnie Christian, said, "It's so exciting to see how our years of partnership will result in a magnificent recreational amenity for the Hudson Valley. I'm particularly grateful to Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority for listening to our concerns and maintaining the village's residential character."
Mayor of Tarrytown, Drew Fixell, said, "I've heard from numerous residents who can't wait for the path to open. We are optimistic it will be a wonderful addition to our village, one that will benefit the public and businesses alike for years to come."
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