FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Christine DeBoer, Executive Director
For Immediate Release: Rail Trail Section Closure for Repairs
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust is undertaking a much needed improvement at the south end of the Rosendale Trestle on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. On April 21, 2014 construction will commence to address the storm water drainage issue that has historically plagued this section of the trail and led to significant trail erosion issues. Drainage catch basins will be placed from Mountain Road north towards the trestle and the water will be diverted into piping that will travel under the trestle. Some remediation of the washed out sections of the Rail Trail will also be addressed at this time. In order to perform this work, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust must close access to the southern end of the trestle during the construction as heavy machinery will be present. The Rail Trail will be open south of the trestle, and trestle access from the North side will continue to be available. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to improve and protect the Rail Trail for the future. While the work timeline is weather dependent, we do not expect the construction to extend beyond 8 days.
We will also be beginning construction of the trail UNDER the trestle, now that the ground is thawing. This connector trail will provide passage from the Rail Trail into the Town of Rosendale, allowing pedestrians to avoid the busy shoulder of Keator Avenue as well as providing safer (and more pleasant) access. It will have a few switchbacks in order to navigate the steep terrain that the topography provides, with a few steps. The entire trail has been designed with sustainability in mind, and will be made of natural materials. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust is very excited to be working with the Town of Rosendale to connect this trail into Main Street: along the Rondout Creek and across Route 7 (the Keator Ave Bridge). We hope to have the connector trail from the Rail Trail and under the trestle complete this Spring, and a grand opening celebration will be announced. Again we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on this trail project and the drainage project.