July 12, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First Phase of Kingston Point Rail Trail Goes Out to Bid
KINGSTON, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT) Phase 1 Project has been advertised for bid this week, with construction anticipated to begin this Fall depending on the response to the bids.
The purpose of the project is to install approximately one mile of a 10-foot wide paved public trail from the intersection of Jansen Ave. and East Chester St. to the intersection of Garraghan Drive and 9W at Rondout Gardens. The multi-use trail will provide a safe, ADA accessible pedestrian and bicycle route from the waterfront area to Midtown and will create connections for children and families in Midtown to the Rondout and Hudson River and City parks on the river.
“As part of our Kingston on the Move transportation vision, we are committed to creating a safer, more accessible, and enjoyable experience for all of our community members and visitors as they move throughout our wonderful city,” said Mayor Noble. “The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one of the flagship projects that will make this vision a reality and connect our Midtown and Rondout neighborhoods.”
This project is supported with funding from: NYSERDA – Cleaner, Greener Communities Program; OPRHP – Heritage Area Systems Program; and OPRHP – Recreational Trails Program and is being managed and implemented by the City of Kingston. The Kingston Point Rail Trail is also a project along the Kingston Greenline, which is a partnership initiative of the Kingston Land Trust, the City of Kingston, and Ulster County. Once complete, the Greenline will include a network of urban trails, complete streets, and linear parks in the City of Kingston. This infrastructure will connect to a county network of rail trails and become a hub for non-motorized transportation and tourism from four different directions in the county.
“As the long-term shepherds of the Kingston Point Rail Trail and its development, the Kingston Land Trust is thrilled to see this part of the project come to fruition, as this beautiful dedicated biking and walking route will act as connective tissue between the communities of Midtown and Downtown Kingston,” said Julia Farr, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “This trail will provide a respite from the urban corridor, giving residents and visitors access to Kingston’s natural charm.”
The second phase of the Kingston Point Rail Trail, which will extend the trail from Garraghan Drive to the Trolley Museum, is anticipated to be advertised for bid in 2019.
Learn more about this project at: www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstonpointrailtrail
Learn more about the Kingston Greenline at: www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstongreenline
Learn more about other transportation projects in the City of Kingston at: www.kingston-ny.gov/KingstonOnTheMove
Learn more about the Kingston Land Trust at: www.kingstonlandtrust.org