Sneakers are being laced up and bikes are being pulled out of the garage, as residents get ready for spring and enjoy the wonderful weather Dutchess County has been enjoying over the last few days. Their destination? Dutchess County Rail Trails – the Dutchess Rail Trail and Harlem Valley Rail Trail!
Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Public Works Commissioner Charles Traver want residents and visitors to know that county employees have been out working on the Dutchess Rail Trail as well as the Harlem Valley Rail Trail doing spring clean up work to get both trails ready for the walkers, runners, bikers, rollerbladers and others who are sure to be heading out to these popular trails as a cure for winter cabin fever.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “We know how much our residents enjoy both the Dutchess Rail Trail and Harlem Valley Rail Trail and we have worked hard to ensure the trails are ready for residents and visitors alike who will want to enjoy quality time with family and friends outdoors on these popular trails.”
Both rail trails have been swept and cleared of debris, making a smooth ride for bikers and rollerbladers alike. The Dutchess Rail Trail required more extensive cleanup, particularly on the Phase I section in East Fishkill where storm damage from the February snowstorms resulted in downed trees and branches along the trail. Public Works crews from both the Parks and Highway divisions worked throughout the week to clear the fallen trees and other obstructions.
Click HERE for photos of crews working out on the Dutchess Rail Trail.
“Enjoy the start of the spring season and we look forward to seeing you out on the Dutchess Rail Trail or the Harlem Valley Rail Trail!” said County Executive Steinhaus.