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Amsterdam pedestrian bridge called path to future

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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On Tuesday morning, Congressman Paul D.Tonko and Amsterdam Mayor Anne Thane talk after a press conference about how construction has begun for the Mohawk Valley Gateway Pedestrian Bridge on the south and north sides of Amsterdam.
The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook was part of 2005’s statewide ballot referendum, The 
Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act. The $16.5 million project will help support 
the city’s economy by connecting the south side’s neighborhoods and Erie Canalway Trail with 
Riverlink Park and downtown Amsterdam on the north side. Once complete, the area will be 
transformed into a unique recreational destination sure to draw both boaters and landside tourists 
looking to explore historic Amsterdam and enjoy the local amenities.  
Photographer: Marc Schultz
On Tuesday morning, Congressman Paul D.Tonko and Amsterdam Mayor Anne Thane talk after a press conference about how construction has begun for the Mohawk Valley Gateway Pedestrian Bridge on the south and north sides of Amsterdam. The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook was part of 2005’s statewide ballot referendum, The Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act. The $16.5 million project will help support the city’s economy by connecting the south side’s neighborhoods and Erie Canalway Trail with Riverlink Park and downtown Amsterdam on the north side. Once complete, the area will be transformed into a unique recreational destination sure to draw both boaters and landside tourists looking to explore historic Amsterdam and enjoy the local amenities.  

— In an open field chewed up by heavy equipment and with workers in hard hats already cutting through concrete nearby, Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane on Tuesday proclaimed the official start of construction of the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook.

“This is so exciting for the city of Amsterdam,” she told the crowd.

Beaming, she thanked the people of Amsterdam and those she felt contributed to the birth of the pedestrian bridge, including U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Brian U. Stratton, director of the state Canal Corp., who also spoke at the news conference.

The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook will span the Mohawk River and connect the south and north sides of the city. The $16.5 million project was funded through the 2005 Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act.

Tonko spoke of the possible influx of new business along the waterfront, as well as the ability of tourists to walk from downtown to the South Side to check out local restaurants and historical sites.

“This will leverage private-sector investment,” he said. “This will alert the eyes and ears of the private sector.”

In a news release, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed the new construction, saying it would create approximately 300 jobs and that “once completed, this project will offer an unparalleled connection between the north and south sides of Amsterdam, which will make exploring the best of the city’s amenities and attractions easier than ever.”

Opponents of the bridge have criticized it for not directly connecting the South Side to downtown Amsterdam, which led to some squabbling on the City Council and delays in the project. However, Thane she never doubted the bridge would one day be reality.

“I always had faith for this project and in our community’s vision for the future,” she said.

As for critics of the project on the City Council, Thane said they “have difficulty envisioning a pathway to our future. This project will be transformational. It will equate to millions of dollars for this community.”

 
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June 4, 2014
2:53 p.m.
administration says...

Path to the future ?? You mean like the mall, in the middle of town If you build it they will not come , there is nothing here to come for ..................

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