Saturday, April 25, 2009

NYT on the Renovation of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railway Bridge

From the fourth floor window of my dad's law office, a perfectly scenic view of a large expanse of the Hudson River is visible. Two bridges are situated in this landscape. One is the Mid-Hudson Bridge, busy with traffic. The second bridge, older looking and from initial appearances, deserted, is the focus of an article in today's New York Times. This rather abandoned bridge (opened in 1889) was the first rail crossing north of the Hudson. By 1974, rail traffic had diminished and a fire finally closed the bridge. But recently the federal and state government, along with local philanthropic groups have started a $35 million restoration project of this 6,700 foot bridge. It will hopefully be open to pedestrians and bicyclists within a two-year time period.