Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus today announced the County has contracted with Clough Harbour & Associates of Albany to prepare preliminary design documents and necessary environmental studies for the construction of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail - Phase IV.
This fourth and final segment of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will extend from the current northern terminus of the trail in the village of Millerton to the existing New York State Parks trail near Taconic State Park.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “As I travel throughout the county, I continue to hear wonderfully positive comments that the county has built the Hudson Valley Rail Trail as a terrific family destination park for county residents and visitors. This extension into Columbia County will certainly add to that wonderful experience.”
Total project cost is estimated at approximately $3.5 million. The entire project is federally funded at 80%. Dutchess County will pay the local share for work within the county. Columbia County and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have agreed to fund the non-federal share in the Columbia County portion.
The County Executive noted: “Upon project completion, the entire continuous trail system will span an incredible 23 miles from the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia to the Taconic State Park entrance, Copake Falls in Columbia County.”
Steinhaus said, “The current project schedule calls for beginning construction in 2007 with construction completion in late 2007 or early 2008. We are planning to host a public information meeting in the fall of 2006 where I along with our design team will come to North East for an old fashioned “town hall” meeting to get ideas and feedback from local residents and officials.” Additional information may be acquired by contacting the Dutchess County Department of Public Works Engineering Division at (845) 486-2925 and future updates on project progress will be available at the County’s website at dutchesscountytrails.com.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “This Harlem Valley area linear park along with the Dutchess Rail Trail, which will be built along the central Dutchess Water pipeline corridor, are great additions to our county parks network and significant enhancements to the quality of life for Dutchess County residents.”