The Town of Fishkill has awarded D&B a contract for Design and Engineering Services for the Breakneck Connector Segment of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail (HHFT). The HHFT is a proposed 7-mile trail through the scenic Hudson Valley connecting the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon. The first segment of the trail has been funded and is referred to as the Breakneck Connector.This half-mile segment will connect the Metro-North Railroad Breakneck Whistle Stop platform to the Breakneck Ridge Trailhead in the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. The presence of the Metro North station has allowed easy access for hikers who enjoy outstanding views of the Hudson River Valley and also offers views of the Manhattan skyline on a clear day. Breakneck Ridge has a high volume of hiker traffic and is one of the most popular hiking trails in the country according to the hiking magazine “Trails”. Last year, over 1,400 hikers per weekend were counted at the trailhead in warmer months.
A workshop sponsored by Scenic Hudson on June 27 gave the public a chance to “weigh in” on their preferred design for the Breakneck Connector, the first leg of a proposed nine-mile Fjord Trail that will link Cold Spring and Beacon while providing a safe route to Breakneck Ridge for hikers, cyclists and pedestrians. About 75 people attended the session, which was facilitated by Amy Kacala, senior planner with Scenic Hudson, the agency acting as project manager and Senior Vice President Rob DeGiorgio, project design director.