More money for the Poughkeepsie railroad bridge project:
Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has announced that a $440,000 federal grant will be added to the funds being used to transform the bridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson linear park. Hinchey said the funds would be used with money already obtained for the project, including $874,000 in federal funding that he obtained in 2005, to pay for upgrades to the overpass. The funds for the bridge come from the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures grant program.
His entire announcement is at his Web site.
The $35.5 million Walkway construction project is scheduled to wrap up in September of 2009, in time for the Quad celebration. This past September, Walkway Over the Hudson said its fundraising goal stood at $12.5 million, which it hopes to raise via government, corporate, private foundations, individuals and other funding sources. Donors that have made significant contributions to the project include the Dyson Foundation ($2 million), Scenic Hudson ($1 million), and the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency ($500,000) and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, a Poughkeepsie-based foundation, ($500,000).