Construction is underway on a new pedestrian path over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.
The standalone path, set to be completed in early fall, will be connected to the Empire State Trail network later this year, offering views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountain range.
Work is taking place between the on-ramp from Route 32 on the bridge’s west approach to the intersection of Route 199 and River Road on the east approach. Roadwork on the bridge deck will mainly consist of restriping lanes, as well as installing rumble strips and jersey barriers.
A four-foot pedestrian walkway is being constructed on the south side of the bridge, separated by a three-foot high jersey barrier. The walkway will be ADA compliant, with passing zones and turnarounds every 200 feet.
A pedestrian crosswalk will also be installed at the intersection of Route 199 and River Road. Upon completion of the project, speed limits on the bridge will be lowered from 40 to 35 mph.
Parking for trail users will be provided on both sides of the bridge. Nine spaces will be provided on the west approach along the west side entrance of the bridge office facility. On the east approach, 10 spaces will be created along the south side of the approach road. Signs will be posted directing pedestrians to the designated public parking areas.
By the end of 2020, the path will be part of the Empire State Trail, a network of on- and off-road trails going from New York City to the Canadian border and from Albany to Buffalo.