This morning, as I do every morning, I went down to the riverfront to watch in horror the work progressing at the escarpment.
Today, at around 8 a.m., I encountered Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton there. All work seemed to have temporarily stopped as the mayor spoke with some of the workers. Afterward, when the work resumed, I got a chance to talk with her.
What I learned was that rocks falling on the tracks were a problem--one known to Amtrak and CSX but not to the public. Although the City of Hudson was unaware of why such an extreme remedy was required, the people carrying out that remedy are well aware of Hudson's concerns about it. The mayor is in close touch with the NYS Department of State. Since there is nothing in our city code to prevent or regulate what's happening to the escarpment, its fate is in the hands of the Department of State.
Over the weekend, the intel from the site was that they were two weeks away from applying the shotcrete. This morning, there was speculation that the application could start as early as next week. (The rods now being inserted in the rock face are to hold the shotcrete in place.) It seems they haven't yet decided what color shotcrete to use, but apparently they have ruled out blue.
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