Electric Trail Construction in Full Swing in Northern Columbia County!

Drone photo of Electric Trail construction between Rothermel Park and Samascott’s Orchards. This section has recently been paved. (Photo courtesy of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.)

Construction crews began work in many areas along the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail in mid-May, laying the base for the 18-mile trail section in Columbia County.    

A. Colarusso & Sons, the general contractor for the Columbia County section, has cleared the trail from Stuyvesant Falls north through neighborhoods in the Village of Kinderhook. They’ve installed black debris netting to prevent erosion, done grading and drainage work, and laid down a sub-base.

The contractor has  a large staging area on Rte. 9, just south of Kinderhook Village — huge piles of topsoil, crushed stone, and stone dust that will make up the trail base in most areas. See below for a full construction update with photos.


WHO ARE THE COLUMBIA FRIENDS OF THE ELECTRIC TRAIL?

We became a registered not-for-profit group in 2018 with three main goals:

  • Maintain the Columbia County section of the AHET trail in towns and villages that do not maintain the trail themselves;

  • Promote public awareness of the trail and its uses;

  • Work with other organizations to link the AHET trail with other recreational trails, parks, and historic and cultural landmarks.


 

CFET Monthly Meetings

The CFET Board of Directors meets on the first Monday of the month at 6 pm at the Martin Glynn Municipal Building in Valatie. Members of the public are always welcome.


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Hudson Valley Greenway, Empire State trail

In 2016 the New York State Hudson Valley Greenway announced it would spend up to $40 million to construct the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET), part of the larger Empire State Trail. Click below to visit the AHET website for a project timeline, detailed maps, and more.

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The recent history of ahet: how locals laid the groundwork

A decade ago, a handful of northern Columbia County residents began efforts to develop a public recreational trail along the National Grid right-of-way. Then the state stepped in.

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A train ride through history

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail follows the route of the Albany-Hudson Electric Railroad. When it opened in 1900, powered by the Stuyvesant Falls hydropower plant, the
railroad was a modern wonder.


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The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail
The 36-mile trail is divided almost equally between Rensselaer and Columbia counties. Separate construction bids have been awarded for each county’s section.