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Rail Trail Update | August 18, 2016

On August 12th, globes for the lampposts were installed and lit. They lend an old world European touch to the surroundings. On the morning of August 18th, workers blew grit and water from the pavement in preparation for striping the parking spaces. Lines were scored, then marked with paint to indicate where the stripers should spray. The marking paint was heat dried with a blowtorch, over which a finish coat was applied. Reflective crystals were rolled over the lines to complete the effect.

Crew members confirm that the Rail Trail is scheduled for completion on Sunday, August 28th. As previously noted, full access to the entire length of the trail (which terminates at Oak Tree Road in Tappan), is not possible until work on the Orangeburg Road bridge is completed (sometime in 2017) and their construction site -- which occupies a portion of the trail -- is dismantled.

Rail Trail Update October 2015

During the summer of 2015, work continued on the 1.6 mile extension of the Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail linking Western Highway in Blauvelt to the existing walking bridge over Route 303 at South Greenbush Rd., Orangeburg. Construction was paused at the North terminus behind the library while the opposite end was graded and graveled, proceeding under the Orangeburg Rd. vehicular bridge to a point at the CSX Railroad track where a channel formed by two massive cut stone abutments that once carried Erie Railroad trains overhead  will be repurposed as a base for a pre-fabricated walking span. A reinforced concrete support was poured on ground above the East abutment to carry that end of the new bridge.

A short curved section of the trail proceeding from there to the intersection of Bataan Road and Mountainview Ave. has yet to be fully graded, but a long stretch opposite, along the Western side of Glenshaw St. has been graveled up to a fenced equipment lot that effectively breaks the trail into two sections behind Dominican College. This lot fills dual purposes of temporarily preventing through traffic on the uncompleted trail while providing a secure parking and storage area for equipment and materials.

From late September into October crews returned to the library’s back yard to grade and flatten tons of dirt fill that arrived via a parade of large dump trucks. This has raised the end of the trail in a gentle slope that nearly matches the height of the sidewalk at Western Highway, and buries a meter-high concrete manhole box that previously stood naked in its center.


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