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Rail Trail expansion underway

Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015

Volunteers work on renovations to the bridge over Vly Creek along the Albany County Rail Trail. The work was recently completed as part of an effort to open a new three-mile portion of the Rail Trail.

Volunteers work on renovations to the bridge over Vly Creek along the Albany County Rail Trail. The work was recently completed as part of an effort to open a new three-mile portion of the Rail Trail.

— New Scotland Town Supervisor Tom Dolin said he was “very pleased” to see the trail improvements progressing and welcomed further collaboration.

The project will allow the portion of trail between Upper Font Grove and Voorheesville Avenue to be accessed for the first time.

New Scotland Highway Superintendent Ken Guyer previously said this portion of the trail, though it was only open to volunteers to clear the trail, has received “a lot of use” and “sees a lot of walkers.”

The Voorheesville Community and School Foundation contributed $10,000 and the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy compiled its restricted funds and donations for $7,076.

Albany County has initiated engineering and design work for another portion of the trail stretching from the South Pearl Street in Albany to the underpass on Delaware Avenue. This section would be completed as a paved, shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Albany project would tap federal funds administered by the state Department of Transportation, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and matching funds from Albany County. Construction is planned to start next fall and be completed in late 2015.

For information about the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail or to volunteer, call the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at 436-6346, or visit www.mohawkhudson.org. Donation information can also be found on the MHLC website.

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