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SPRING 2023: BREAKNECK UPPER OVERLOOK WORK BEGINS MARCH 1
Initial work to relocate the Breakneck trailhead farther up the ridge and repair eroding trail surfaces will begin on March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by July 1. During this construction phase, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will close the Breakneck Ridge trailhead to the public.
The scope of this initial work, which launches Phase 1: Breakneck Connector & Bridge of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail project, includes a new series of stone steps at the initial ascent of the Breakneck Ridge trail, repair of existing erosion conditions, closure and restoration of unauthorized social trails, and the construction of a new trail steward station further away from busy Route 9D. Tahawus Trails and JIG Builders will complete this work.
During this period, the Wilkinson Memorial trailhead is expected to remain open, along with the Metro-North Railroad train station, however additional utility relocation work by Central Hudson along the Route 9D corridor may make some additional closures necessary. The duration and scope of any additional closures will be communicated when scheduling is finalized.
SUMMER/FALL 2022: BREAKNECK CONNECTOR AND BRIDGE
The HHFT Design Team has been hard at work for some time on the Phase 1 Breakneck Connector and Bridge segment of the project. Architects and engineers from the team have been focusing much attention on design details for the bridge that will cross over the Metro-North railroad connecting the southern Shoreline Trail segment with the Breakneck Connector to the north. You can experience what a walk along the bridge could be like in this video by Gray Organschi Architecture:
SPRING 2022: DESIGN FOR LITTLE STONY POINT
In partnership with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and the Little Stony Point Citizens Association, HHFT will be creating a nature-based playscape on the northern sandy beach at Little Stony Point.
In the fall of 2021, we met with local educators, scout leaders, and professionals in health, wellness, and recreation to brainstorm on how Little Stony Point is used now, and what the vision for the future looks like.
WINTER 2021: SHORELINE TRAIL
The Shoreline Trail is HHFT’s entirely waterfront segment connecting Dockside Park in Cold Spring to Breakneck Ridge. While this will be the last section of the Fjord Trail to be completed, the winter of 2021 marked the start of a very important component in designing the Shoreline Trail, or any land-based project: geotechnical engineering!
This encompasses, among other things, deep analysis of rock and soil stability. It’s a branch of science that many wish had been developed before the Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed.
Upper Overlook rendering: SCAPE Landscape Architecture