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News Release

March 15, 2011      

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Colleen Pillus
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Dutchess Rail Trail Bridge Over Maloney Road in Town of Wappinger Installed
Titusville Road Bridge setting delayed

Poughkeepsie… A prefabricated steel truss bridge was lifted into place this morning over Maloney Road in the Town of Wappinger, completing one of the roadway crossings for Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail.     The second scheduled bridge installation at Titusville Road  in the Town of LaGrange was not able to be completed due to material issues and increasing winds late in the afternoon, creating a safety hazard for crane operations.     A third bridge installation, over Route 376 in the Town of East Fishkill is now slated for Thursday, March 17th due to inclement weather in tomorrow’s forecast. 

steel truss bridge image“It was an amazing sight to see the bridge over Maloney Road hoisted up and set into place by that massive crane.   These bridges create important connections along Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail and we are thrilled be moving forward with the trail’s progress,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “With a little luck from Mother Nature, we look forward to having completed three Dutchess Rail Trail connections by the end of the week so we remain on schedule for opening Phase III to the public by late spring.” 

A photo gallery of the bridge installation over Maloney Road can be viewed on the County’s website at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/DPW-Parks/19487.htm 

The Dutchess Rail Trail bridge trusses are made with a weathering steel which give the bridges a natural patina.   The trusses are approximately 60 feet in length.    The span over Maloney Road in the Town of Wappinger is a single truss bridge.   The bridges being installed over Titusville Road and Route 376 in East Fishkill are two connected trusses.     The trusses need to be connected on site and then lifted into place by crane.     The two trusses for Titusville Road have been successfully connected and are ready to be lifted into place.      Both the Titusville Road and Route 376 bridge installations are slated for Thursday, March 17th. 

Variable message signage remains in place on each of the roadways notifying motorists of the construction work.    Roadways will have one lane open to traffic while work is in progress, although the roadway will be closed to traffic completely when cranes are in lift operation. 

The installation of the three bridges is a significant milestone in the construction of Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail.   Many Dutchess Rail Trail enthusiasts were on site at both Maloney Road and Titusville Road to see the work in progress.   However, residents and visitors are reminded that Phase III is still under construction and is not yet open to the public. 

Upon completion, 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.   Phase III is expected to be open to the public by late spring 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. 

For more information about the Dutchess Rail Trail, visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and click on the Dutchess County Trails button. 

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