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Rail Trail to connect Highland with Poughkeepsie
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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- The Ulster County Rail Trail connects with Dutchess County via the Walkway Over the Hudson. A ceremony Tuesday morning in the Hamlet of Highland broke ground on a proposed 1.3 mile expansion of the current Hudson Valley Rail Trail, slated to eventually span a walking path from Troy Williams Park in Highland to Poughkeepsie.
Local leaders say that the 30 mile link of rail trail system connected to the recently opened Hudson River walkway will provide an unprecedented, uninterrupted pedestrian and low-impact sporting trail, as well as stimulate local economy.
"And now Poughkeepsie's connected to Highland by the walkway and our rail trail, so this is a fantastic time for us. We're hoping we ride some of the economic benefits derived from this trail and the people that come on the walkway are gonna visit Highland and partake in some of the businesses here," said Raymond Costantino, Town of Lloyd Supervisor.
"And the long term upgrading of the economy around here and the enjoyment of people, so many people are deeply, deeply enjoying themselves now and now these rail trails are just another marvelous addition," said Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
The entire paved project is projected to be completed this October.