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Bridge of Dreams

Walkway_over_the_Hudson_opening_dayThe Associated Press reports that the adaptive reuse of a defunct rail bridge over the Hudson River as a pedestrian walkway has drawn 400,000 visitors in the first two months since its opening. The Walkway Over the Hudson is the newest NYS Park. They built it, and people came. Could there actually be something to these kinds of crackpot ideas?

Imagine over two-million people walking over the Skyway every year. (Click on images for a larger view)

Walking on Skyway


  • RaChaCha

    Walkway is an awesome project. I met Fred Schaeffer, the spearhead of Walkway, when we were both presenting at a bike/ped conference in Albany — back when his project was still in the “dollar and a dream” stage. Rochester firm Bergmann and Associates did some of the structural and engineering work on the project, and are now doing similar evaluation on an abandoned railroad trestle over the Genesee River gorge in Rochester with an eye toward converting it to a walkway. These are great ways to reuse old infrastructure to create something cool — and useful — and people respond!