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Work begins on Catskill's Black Bridge

Apr 20, 2017 12:04 am
Amanda Purcell reports in The Daily Mail that crews are now working on the pedestrian footbridge known as the Black Bridge over the Catskill Creek. By October work should be done. "We’re hoping that is closer to September, so that the public can enjoy the bridge before the winter hits," Village President Vincent Seeley said. Schoolchildren will once again be able to reach Catskill High School and Catskill Middle School by taking the bridge, which was built in the 1830s for the Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad. The bridge was also part of the Catskill Mountain Railway but was damaged in the storms surrounding Hurricane Irene in 2011. A federal grant and $600,000 from the Village is paying to resume the pedestrian walkway. "We really think it’s going to be a great addition to the Walking Loop," Trustee Jim Chewens said. The Catskill Creek Walking Loop half-mile-long pedestrian pathway connects Water Street, the Black Bridge, West Main Street, and the Uncle Sam Bridge, with lighting, boardwalks, benches, and pocket parks along the way. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.