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Sept. 20, 2007

Bridge Authority Supports “Walkway Over Hudson”

Highland, NY – Rehabilitation of the old Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge got another boost today from the New York State Bridge Authority.

Authority Chairman James P. Sproat said “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.”

Sproat added that “Governor Spitzer, just yesterday, announced a major effort to boost tourism and stimulate New York’s economy.  The Walkway could be a key link in this effort which will have a positive impact on the economy of the Hudson Valley.”

At their September board meeting, Authority Commissioners endorsed the plan to create a park over the Hudson.  The Commissioners expressed support for the “Walkway Over the Hudson group to rehabilitate and construct a park, walkway and trail connector between Dutchess and Ulster Counties on the historic Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.”

The Bridge Authority said it would be “a benefit to the recreational and historic heritage of the Hudson Valley. The Board of Commissioner 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.”

The Authority Board received a presentation and status report on the project from state Parks & Recreation Commissioner Carol Ash and Rob Dyson, President of the Dyson Foundation.  The Walkway recently received a $1.5 Million grant from the Dyson Foundation for engineering and planning studies.