In a press release this morning, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced the paving schedule for the final portion of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail:
“Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced construction will begin June 22nd on the final leg of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, connecting the Port of Albany to Voorheesville on a continuous nine mile paved recreational path that is safe for cyclists and pedestrians alike and handicap accessible.
The last 3.7-mile stretch of path extends between Grove Street in Voorheesville to just west of the Route 85 overpass in Slingerlands and the Albany County Department of Public Works.
‘The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail has been a labor of love of mine for some time,’ said County Executive McCoy. ‘Each year it becomes more popular, with over 200,000 visitors in 2017 alone, which means more people exploring the county and getting great exercise, higher property values along the trail and less cars clogging our streets and polluting our air.’
The coming work includes paving, grade crossing improvements and wooden pedestrian railings for added safety and the funding was made possible by a Cleaner, Greener Communities grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and by Albany County. Future initiatives will add amenities to the Rail Trail for visitors while helping to support local businesses.
The Rail Trail land corridor, which winds through Albany, Delmar, Slingerlands and into Voorheesville, was originally purchased in 2009 at no costs to the county taxpayer thanks to a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that was matched by Scenic Hudson, Inc.
While under construction, the trail will be closed to the public during working hours, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays. If conditions allow, the trail may be opened during non-working hours but residents should take caution and watch for changing conditions.”
For more information on how the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has helped to preserve the Rail Trail and open it to the public, visit our Rail Trail page.