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Pedestrian, Bike Path Reopens in Brewster After Renovation

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Pedestrian, Bike Path Reopens in Brewster After Renovation

Officers at ribbon chopping ceremony for Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge in Brewster.

The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge, the latest pedestrian and bike owner gateway to the Village of Brewster, reopened earlier this month after present process a $2.6 million renovation.

“Turning this 126-year-old bridge right into a pedestrian and bicycle path is a superb step ahead,” Putnam County Govt MaryEllen Odell mentioned. “It’s going to assist make our communities extra walkable, present wholesome recreation alternatives and produce individuals to village parks, the Metro-North prepare station and Brewster’s Important Avenue buying district.”

Putnam County secured federal funding for the reconstruction of the bridge by way of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, of which Odell is a voting member. Officers from the county, City of Southeast and Village of Brewster have been available to chop the ribbon and usher in a brand new period for the bridge, which runs from Route 22 to Railroad Avenue and crosses over the Croton River.

“This bridge is not going to solely allow residents of the close by Turk Hill residential neighborhood to stroll safely to the prepare station and retailers in Brewster, it can encourage some pedestrians to depart their automobiles at dwelling,” mentioned Fred Pena, the Putnam County Commissioner of Highways and Services. “That may encourage extra prepare journey, cut back site visitors congestion within the city and village and assist enhance the air high quality.”

Putnam County Legislator Joseph Castellano mentioned that turning the bridge right into a pedestrian walkway somewhat than changing with one that might carry vehicular site visitors enabled the county to get federal funding. The State DOT informed Putnam County to shut the bridge to pedestrian site visitors in 2013.

“Our actual concern since 2013 was that the bridge may collapse into the reservoir,” he mentioned. “Putnam County needed to take away the previous bridge. As we examined all value choices, the Putnam County Freeway Division found a federal grant alternative to create a pedestrian walkway to a mass transit heart, on this case the Brewster Village prepare station. We efficiently obtained the grant, which lined 80% of the associated fee and saved taxpayers $2 million.”

The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge was initially in-built 1894. The superstructure was changed in 1960 and it was final rehabilitated in 1987. The bridge was closed to vehicular site visitors in 2006 when structural deficiencies made it unsafe.

“The bridge is a good way to deliver extra individuals into the village,” Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig mentioned. “Pedestrians can stroll to the mountain climbing path, or fish off the bridge. It’s a fantastic addition to our group.”

Putnam County Director of Tourism Tracey Walsh mentioned the reopening of the bridge couldn’t have come at a greater time.

“With so many individuals staying near dwelling and pursuing outside recreation, there’s unbelievable demand for any secure bicycle route in Putnam County,” Walsh mentioned. “This bridge is a welcome addition. The pathway may also present entry to the Croton River, which brings fishermen from throughout to our county.”


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