Breakneck Ridge Closure Delayed Until Spring
The construction start date at Breakneck Ridge has been pushed back. The project was originally set to begin January, 1, 2018.
The project will dramatically improve visitor access to Breakneck Ridge from Metro-North and NYS Route 9D.
According to nynjtc.org, the project will begin in the spring this year, if construction bids meet the project's requirements and one is selected.
Here's what will be done during construction:
- Create a pedestrian and bicycle path connection between the Breakneck Ridge Metro-North train stop and the Breakneck Ridge trailhead to keep pedestrians out of the roadway
- Replace the Breakneck Ridge train platforms with ADA-accessible platforms that will decrease the time hikers need to exit the train, avoiding delays on the Hudson Line caused by the current platforms
- Demarcate on-street parking and emergency vehicle staging along Route 9D in the half-mile section north of the Breakneck tunnel and eliminating nose-in and other dangerous parking conditions
- Pave and stripe the current dirt parking area, including designated space for three emergency vehicles, bathroom facilities and a trolley stop
- Reduce the speed limit on Route 9D from 55 to 40 mph and add enhanced pedestrian crossings and other features to improve safety.
- Add a new welcome center for NY-NJ Trail Conference trail orientations at the Breakneck Ridge trailhead, including new trailhead signs and other wayfinding