Use trestle to keep trail off road

Bill Ingersoll’s “A flawed trail plan” [Viewpoint, March/April 2016] refers to the “inexcusable gap” in the state’s proposal for the North Country National Scenic Trail between North Creek and Minerva. The NCNST must cross the Hudson in this vicinity, where the only public bridge is at North Creek. Using this bridge would result in having “to route the NCNST along a portion of Route 28N that is very narrow and winding.”

But the presently unused railroad trestle over the Hudson just upstream of the Boreas River offers a solution to this problem. The trestle connects on both sides to state land and would keep the trail in the woods. Surely a pedestrian walkway could be erected alongside the tracks, if not on the rail bed itself.

Chuck Porter, Troy, NY

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