Greenline progress… Opening soon?

Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Construction

We’ve Been Working on the Greenline. Tangible Progress in 2015, Trail Opening in 2016? We’re Pulling for it.

The Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT) will be a recreational non-motorized transportation paved trail on a former rail bed within a property corridor owned by the City of Kingston that connects Midtown at East Chester Street with the waterfront. It will turn out to be a great way to commute for some. The conversion of former rail bed to trail features gentle grades from the Broadway commercial corridor through residential neighborhoods, to the Rondout Gardens multifamily residential area with easy connection to the Rondout waterfront district and Kingston Point.

The KPRT design has been unveiled after years of conceptual planning by Alta Planning+Design, design development by Saratoga Associates and engineering work to develop construction documents by KC Engineering. The Kingston engineering firm of Brinnier & Larios did all the survey work for us. Hone Strategic assisted in the public outreach and community engagement. You can download and view all the plans and documents online on the Kingston Greenline page of the City of Kingston Economic Development page.

Shovels are already in the ground as Iron Horse Preservation Society removed ties and rails, Limber Tree Services removed trees that were a threat to adjacent properties, GMS Construction put down crushed stone along the corridor from East Strand to Kingston Point, and the Bruderhof Church Communities worked with the City and Kingston Land Trust to removal tons of trash, brush and other debris.

The design scope has been tailored to available budget (the funding is already in place to enable us to go to construction through the Economic Development office in the City!) and has been completed in conformance with all the critical design guidelines such as NYSDOT Standards and Specifications; AASHTO Standards and Guides; NYS Office of Parks and Historic Preservation Standards and Guides for Trails in NYS Parks; United States Access Board Draft Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas; National Center on Accessibility National Trail Surface Study; Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices; FHWA and NYS Supplement Trail Signage Guidelines; and NYSDEC storm water management, sediment, and erosion control requirements. Wow, is that a mouthful! We’ll leave it to you to search out the acronyms if you wish to…. Needless to say, there have been many moving parts but we have had a great team working on this.

Next steps are some additional public comment sessions to make sure we have this right and then to go to construction later this year. Stay tuned. Hooray!

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