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Top 10 Things To Know About the Walkway Over the Hudson
- Walkway Over the Hudson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world's longest pedestrian bridge!
- The Walkway soars 212 feet above the Hudson River and continues 130 feet below the river's surface to compact gravel.
- The Walkway's deck is comprised of 973 prefabricated concrete panels, each weighing up to 15 tons. The deck is 24' wide with a 4'6" railing.
- The Walkway features a glass-enclosed, 21-story waterfront elevator whose base is at the beautiful Upper Landing Park.
- The Walkway provides opportunities for unique 360 degree views of the Catskills and other highlights of the Hudson River Valley.
- Over 3.5 million people from all over the world have visited the Walkway since it opened October 3, 2009.
- Historically, when the bridge was completed in 1888, the 6,767-foot Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge stood alone as the longest bridge in the world. At the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the bridge was hailed as the "Great Connector" because it provided the first efficient rail link between the Western coal supplies and the Eastern markets.
- Many historical features have earned the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge (Walkway) a place on the National Historic Register.
- The bridge opened in September 2009, as a legacy project for the celebration of Henry Hudson's initial voyage up the river 400 years ago.
- The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park represents a people's shared desire to preserve the best of our history, our culture, and our spirit, and stands today because of the people of the Hudson Valley vowed to transform a crippled relic of the Industrial Age into something new and vital.