Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park

We spent the day enjoying a photography shoot by car on a day that yielded temps in in fifties and beautiful blue skies.

Penny and I always love discovering new places especially in the Catskills.

From New Paltz we headed west toward the Gunks and discovered the scenic highway that winds it’s way to the top and an awesome lookout.

Then it was off to the Walkway Over The Hudson. The trip over the bridge was filmed on a GoPro and will be uploaded when finished but here are some teaser photos. More photos from Penny will be coming soon. I’ve included information about the Walkway below the photos

The Hudson Valley’s most unique state park, the Walkway crosses the river atop the former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. When originally opened in 1888, the 6,768-foot span was considered the world’s longest bridge and an engineering marvel. After a fire destroyed a large portion of the bridge’s wood decking in 1974, it was abandoned. In 1998 the non-profit group Walkway Over the Hudson assumed ownership and began securing financing to construct the linear walkway that connects to the Greenway Trail System. Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, making it the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. It is one of three Quadricentennial Legacy projects, meant to provide a lasting commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage of discovery on the river.

By the Numbers:

3,500 Number of train cars that once crossed on a daily basis
6,768 Length of bridge in feet (about 1.28 miles)
212 Distance (in feet) that the bridge rises above the water
130 Depth of wood piers under the water (in feet)
35 Years bridge has been out of commission
16 Months it took to convert bridge to walkway
15 Weight of each cement panel (in tons)
973 Number of panels used
$27.1 million: Original fund-raising goal in 2007
$38.8 million: Revised fund-raising goal
$54 million: Amount it would have cost to demolish bridge
$0 Usage fee
267,700 Number of projected annual visits
307 Total number of jobs the project created
100 Percentage of local workers
$727,400 New annual tax revenues for Dutchess and Ulster counties

For more information about the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, please visit:
http://www.nysparks.com/parks/178/details.aspx

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
87 Haviland Rd.; Highland, NY 12528; Phone: (845) 834-2867; Fax: (845) 834-2868
Email: walkway@oprhp.state.ny.us

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