The Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge, between the cities of Albany & Rensselaer, NY is slated to be completely reconstructed as part of New York State's High Speed Rail initiative. The bridge's replacement is undergoing design by the New York State Department of Transportation. For nearly a century a walkway on the bridge made it possible to safely cross the Hudson River. The reconstruction of the bridge's existing walkway should be a priority for the new design.
Communities on both sides of the Hudson have expressed their desire for a rebuilt walkway. The cites of Albany & Rensselaer, as well as Albany & Rensselaer Counties have passed resolutions in support. Plans dating well over a decade identify the bridge as an important, low cost, and accessible way for cyclists & pedestrians to cross the Hudson. Ultimately, the gatekeepers for this project are agency officials at the NYS Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Rail Administration, & AMTRAK. Thus, we will need to encourage our State and Congressional representatives to support the walkway. By adding your name to this petition, you are reminding our representatives that this critical link in the Capital Region's transportation network should be built to a 21-century standard that once again provides access for non-motorized transportation.
The Livingston Avenue Bridge Coalition (LABC) is working to build broad-based support that will send a strong message, encouraging decision makers that bike & pedestrian accommodations should be constructed on this critical link. More about us can be found at www.livingstonavebridge.com