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Federal aid will make Black Bridge rehab possible

Jan 16, 2014 8:18 am
Ariel Zangla is reporting in the Daily Freeman the Black Bridge over the Catskill Creek will be rehabilitated thanks to $2.24 million in federal aid, which will allow the pedestrian span to become part of a walking trail in the village. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wed., Jan. 15, that $67 million will be set aside for 63 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation enhancement projects statewide that will encourage tourism and economic development. The funds, made available to the state by the federal Highway Administration, will cover 80 percent of the cost of each project. The Black Bridge was built in 1882 to transport rail passengers between Catskill Point and the Catskill Mountain resorts. It was sold to the village for $2,500 on May 5, 1919. In September 2010, the village closed the pedestrian span due to safety concerns. The Hillsdale Pedestrian Streetscape Enhancements, a project to make that hamlet's streets walkable, was awarded more than $750,000 in funding on Wednesday, as well. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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