Poughkeepsie…As part of the construction work currently underway on Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail, the parking area located at Lake Walton Road in East Fishkill will be closed on weekdays. The parking closure is for safety reasons as construction crews undergo work on the new nearby bridge crossing over Rt. 376 near the Brookemeade Plaza and the new section of trail.
The parking area at Lake Walton Road will be available for public use on weekends and holidays including Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. The parking lot at Rt. 376 (near the Whortekill Rod & Gun Club) remains open everyday for Phase I use. Trail users are asked to please obey all construction signage when utilizing the trail and to remain clear of the construction activities on the yet-to- be completed trail sections.
Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail will add more than 6 miles of new trail section through the Towns of LaGrange and Wappinger and connect with completed Phase I section all the way to Hopewell Junction at Route 82. Construction work has been ongoing for the past several months. Work on bridge crossings is becoming visible to motorists over several roadways, including Rt. 376 in East Fishkill, Maloney Road in the Town of Wappinger and Titusville Road in the Town of LaGrange. The three bridges are expected to be installed in the coming weeks. If weather conditions allow, Phase III should be open for public use by year end, with final asphalt top course work, tree planting and landscape work to be done in the Spring of 2011.
The Dutchess Rail Trail is a 12 mile multi-use linear 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.
Currently two phases of the popular Dutchess Rail Trail are completed and open for public use. Phase I of the Dutchess Rail Trail, which opened in the fall of 2007, is located in East Fishkill and extends 1.7 miles between Route 376 (near the Whortekill Rod & Gun Club) and Lake Walton Road. Phase II opened in 2009 and is a 2.4 mile section from Morgan Lake to Overocker Road in Poughkeepsie.
Thousands of residents and visitors have enjoyed the completed sections of the Dutchess Rail Trail and look forward to the completion of the trail. The Dutchess Rail Trail section of the County’s website, http://www.dutchessny.gov/, is one of the most frequently visited webpages as people look for information about using this popular recreational asset. The County has leveraged federal funding to pay for more than 80% of the construction costs of the Dutchess Rail Trail. For more information about the Dutchess Rail Trail, visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and click on the Dutchess County Trails button.