The waterfront elevator now provides a direct connection from the Walkway to the Hudson River shoreline and is just steps from the Poughkeepsie Train Station. Persons with disabilities will also have easier access to the center of the bridge and its expansive views.
The $2.8 million project was a collaboration, bringing together the nonprofit Walkway Over the Hudson, State Parks, the Department of Transportation, Central Hudson, the City of Poughkeepsie, the Dyson Foundation and many others.
More than 700,000 people visit the former railroad bridge annually. A 2012 study found that spending by Walkway visitors generated nearly $24 million in sales and supported 383 jobs in Dutchess and Ulster counties.