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News Release    

April 9, 2008      

For Further Information, Contact:
Willian R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess Rail Trail Users Advised of Upcoming Construction

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the paved portion of the Dutchess Rail Trail that is currently open for use, between NYS Route 376 and Lake Walton Road, will be undergoing construction for approximately two weeks starting Monday, April 14th.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Thousands of residents are already taking advantage of the first paved portion of the Dutchess Rail Trail in East Fishkill.  My family and I were just on the trail ourselves this past weekend and enjoyed speaking with so many trail users.  I’d like to make all users aware construction will be happening over the next few weeks as we work to put some finishing touches on that portion of the trail.”

This section of the Dutchess Rail Trail will remain open during the construction.  Trail users are asked to please obey all construction signs and flag workers when utilizing the trail and to exercise care near construction activities.  

Construction work will include minor concrete work, trail clean-up, spreading of topsoil, removal of erosion protection materials, seeding and mulching of disturbed areas and final pavement marking installation.  


The Dutchess Rail Trail is a 12 mile multi-use linear county park, the centerpiece of County Executive Steinhaus’ Comprehensive Parks Plan.  Over the last two years, hundreds of residents have participated in public workshops and informational sessions to help design and plan this new county park which will run through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor and including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill. 

“So many members of our community have taken an interest in this project from the idea conception to the reality of the groundbreaking ceremony.   We are thrilled to see so many residents and visitors already out and about on the Dutchess Rail Trail,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   

“We appreciate their cooperation in obeying the construction signs while this work is being completed,” continued Steinhaus.  “We look forward to getting additional sections of the Dutchess Rail Trail completed and open soon,” he concluded.

The next portion of the Dutchess Rail Trail to be constructed will be a 2.4 mile section between Overocker Road and Morgan Lake in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Construction will be phased over coming months.     More information about the Dutchess Rail Trail’s construction schedule is available at http://www.dutchesscountytrails.com/.



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