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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 07:09:34 EDT
From: Bernie Wagenblast
Subject: Poughkeepsie RR Bridge (rshsdepot)
From the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Bernie Wagenblast
State OKs railroad bridge plan  
Walkway plan moving forward
By Michael Valkys
Poughkeepsie  Journal
HIGHLAND^P- The effort to reopen the Poughkeepsie Railroad  Bridge to  
pedestrians and cyclists received a boost last week from the New  York state Bridge  
The authority's commissioners endorsed the plan from  non-profit Walkway Over  
the Hudson to reopen the span, closed since a 1974  fire.  
"This unique landmark is a real asset to the Hudson Valley  and I am proud  
the Bridge Authority will join the Dyson Foundation and the  growing list of  
leaders and organizations who want to see this dream  become a reality,"  
authority Chairman James Sproat said in a  statement.  
Authority officials said the renovated railroad bridge would  be "a benefit  
to the recreational and historic heritage of the Hudson  Valley.  
"The Board of Commissioners recognizes the value of  preserving and restoring  
a national landmark, the potential positive  economic impact for both sides  
of the Hudson River and expanding state  park land."  
Walkway recently received a $1.5 million grant from the  Millbrook-based  
Dyson Foundation for engineering and planning studies,  which are needed before  
renovations can begin.  
Local leaders hope the bridge can be open for the 400th  anniversary  
celebration of Henry Hudson's voyage on the river, set for  2009.  
Reach Michael Valkys at _mvalkys AT poughkeepsiejournal DOT com_  
(mailto:mvalkys AT poughkeepsiejournal DOT com)   or 845-437-4816.
The Railroad Station Historical Society maintains a database of existing
railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org

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