In the summer of 2017 and the spring of 2018, Gossips followed obsessively the installation of shotcrete on the rock face below Promenade Hill--from discovering what was planned, through protesting what was planned, to DOT and Amtrak's defense of the plan, to the modifications to the plan, through the final installation. The modifications to the plan, which came after protests from the City of Hudson, Historic Hudson, and Scenic Historic and intervention by the NYS Department of State and SHPO, were that the shortcrete would be "tinted and sculpted" to make it look like the Ordovician shale it was covering up, and "vine like planted material" would be installed at the top to make it appear more like a natural rock face. The image below, displayed at a public meeting with Amtrak and DOT in September 2017, shows a photograph of the escarpment as it was and a rendering of the escarpment as it would be after the shotcrete had been applied.
In the spring of 2018, the "tinted and sculpted" shotcrete was applied, but the "vine like plant material" seems never to have been installed. The photograph below was take in the early summer of 2018.
In the year and a half since the shotcrete went on, nature has been taking over.
Not only is there wild vegetation descending from the top of the escarpment, there is also wild vegetation growing on or penetrating through the shotcrete.
One wonders what effect these forces of nature might be having on it efficacy of the shotcrete in stabilizing the rock face.
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