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Walkway Over the Hudson National Recreation Trail

A rails to trails project to convert the railroad bridge between Poughkeepsie and Highland, NY. The "Walkway Over the Hudson" bike/ped project opened October 3, 2009 as the Hudson State Historic Park. An estimated 40,000 people took part in the opening weekend. At 6,768 feet, the bridge was the longest bridge in the world when it was built in 1889., and it is now the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. The cost of the transformation was about $38.5 million. Re-opening events on both shores of the Hudson River included a procession of lanterns across the bridge, the release of 1,000 fire kites from the bridge deck, and a 25-minute fireworks display. New York Governor Patterson made the opening speech and Congressman Hinchey announced Walkway’s designation as a National Recreation Trail.

arrow See details of the Walkway over the Hudson bridge project and its National Recreation Trail designation

Photos by David Rocco, Walkway Board Trustee and volunteer member; click on any photo to see it full size:

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