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 Cold Spring and 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 can 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 Trials.com. Last year, over 1,400 hikers per weekend were counted at the trailhead in warmer months.
The Town Board of Fishkill awarded D&B and associate McLaren Engineering the Breakneck Connector contract because of experience in similar projects, understanding of the project requirements, a history of successfully completing projects on time and within budget and strong relationships with the major permitting stakeholders such as the NYCDEP, NYSDEC and the MTA.
Congratulations to Rob DeGiorgio and his team on winning this very visible and competitive solicitation.