The firm selected is Weston & Sampson, which provides design, engineering, and environmental services. The press release explains, "Weston & Sampson has extensive experience in planning and designing trail networks across the country, including numerous trails in the Northeast." It continues:
CEDC is collaborating with the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) to coordinate a study examining a possible trail connecting the Empire State Trail at the City of Hudson to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in the eastern part of Columbia County. The study will explore parts of a largely abandoned railroad between Hudson and Philmont. Rails on much of what was the "Boston & Albany" railroad were taken up decades ago, but a short spur is in use today.The short spur of the Boston & Albany Railroad still in use today is the one that goes through Hudson, transecting the Public Square, to the ADM plant on Route 23B in Greenport.
The cost of the study is $18,500. CEDC was awarded a $12,750 Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant for the study last fall. The remainder of the funding is being provided by CEDC and CLC.
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