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Albany County Rail Trail Project Receives 2016 Project of the Year from American Public Works Association

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ALBANY — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced today that the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail rehabilitation project has been named the 2016 Project of the Year in the Transportation category by the New York Chapter, Capital Branch of the American Public Works Association.

The project was selected in the under $5 million category and the award will be presented to Albany County with certificate recognition to Greenman-Petersen, the consulting engineer along with Peter Luizzi Bros. Contractors Inc, contractor on the project, which was unveiled in May of 2016.

“I am pleased that the Albany County Rail Trail project has received this prestigious recognition,” said McCoy. “The project has been one of my administration’s priorities since day one because of its benefits for residents of all ages, providing an accessible recreation trail that people use every day.”

The $3.5 million project included the construction and paving of 3.2 miles of the rail trail from Delmar to South Pearl Street in Albany, and included the rehabilitation of five railroad bridges, three cattle passes and construction of a 10-foot wide paved multi-use path. Also included in the project was the installation of safety measures on steep embankments including safety railings and fencing. Construction on the project began in March of 2015 and it was opened to the public in May 2016. The APWA will present the awards in Albany next month.