Approved nearly 10 years ago, the Black Bridge Trail project in Cohoes is finally completed. The bridge was a former Delaware and Hudson Rail Bridge that was abandoned back in the 1970s after the rail line was shut down.
The project, approved in 2004, was a purchased by the Open Space Conservancy to provide for an off-road bike hike trail to allow riverfront access from Green Island to Cohoes and continuing on to Peebles Island and Saratoga County.
Funding for the project was primarily from a Transportation Grant through the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The local funding for this was provided by private development through a grant from Riverspark the NYS Heritage Area. Funding to complete the project was also provided by the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
“I would like to thank all in the City of Cohoes who worked on this project this year to make it come to completion. With the development of our river front, a treasured jewel here in the City of Cohoes, this is just one more attraction to our city- connecting us to our neighbors in Waterford and Green Island;” said Mayor George Primeau in a statement.
Former Mayor John McDonald, now an Assemblyman: “Kudos to the City of Cohoes for taking on this Herculean challenge. The outcome is what was intended – to provide a regional asset to the pedestrian and bicycling populations surrounded by the Mohawk and Hudson River and connecting with our friends in Green Island and north to Waterford and Peebles Island State Park.”
The Bridge will be a connecting route along the New York State Canal Corp trail system. The Bridge provides a connecting route between the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail. A cyclist can now leave the Corning Preserve and travel to Peebles Island and the Champlain Canalway north without having to cross 787.