We were pleased to see growing momentum for returning the Livingston Avenue Rail Road Bridge to its original configuration combining train, bicycle, and pedestrian travel over the Hudson. Albany Bicycle Coalition has joined with the Livingston Ave. Rail Road Bridge Coalition and others to support this effort.
As reported in Albany Times Union (1/28/12), Mike Stammel, Rensselaer County legislator, is proposing legislation to give a push to his side of the river.
What are we doing on the west bank?
Bryan Fitzgerald, TU Staff writer reported that Mr. Stammel will introduce a resolution to restore a walkway on the Bridge. For reference, this will connect directly to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail facilitating access to Albnay, Troy, Watervliet, and points north and south as well as opening up Rensselaer County to recreational and commuter riders. This is not asking for anything new as the bridge always had a walkway. The dilapidated walk/bikeway closed in the early 1990s. Reopening the bridge to cyclists and pedestrians will draw tourists. The rotating bridge was built in 1866 and rebuilt in 1901.
A project to replace the bridge has been in the works for years, but has stalled over lack of funding.