Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Phase 4
HVEA was the prime design consultant for this 1.24 mile shared-use path extension project to create an interconnected rail trail network running from the Walkway over the Hudson to the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Park, completing a missing link for the Empire State Trail. This section runs from South Street in the Town of Lloyd to New Paltz and had unique alignment and coordination challenges as large sections of the abandoned railroad alignment were sold and developed on.
HVEA was responsible for designing a 12’ wide continuous shared-use path, at-grade crossings, trailhead parking, emergency access, concrete bridge rehabilitation, signage, privacy through the use of natural screenings, environmental permits and obtaining NEPA and FHWA concurrence through the NYSDOT Local Projects Unit. This project had significant permitting requirements including a Freshwater Wetland Permit, Stream Disturbance Permit, ACOE Nationwide Permits, NYSDOT Highway Work Permit and a NYSDOT Use & Occupancy Permit. In addition, easements were acquired from 5 different property owners. This project is a pivotal piece in attaining the County’s objectives to expand non-motorized alternatives, improve the quality of life and to increase tourism for the surrounding businesses in the Town of Lloyd. Ulster County has posted additional project information on their website at: http://ulstercountyny.gov/news/executive/ulster-county-executive-updates-progress-hudson-valley-rail-trail-expansion-towns