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Funding to complete the Dryden Rail Trail Bridge Project

Infrastructure funding is heading to central New York.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday that New York now has the funds to complete the Dryden Rail Trail Bridge project.

Gillibrand stood on the runway to discuss federal funding of $700,000.

She says this will close the funding gap for the bridge, totaling $2.9 million.

The project has been put on hold, but the new investment will ensure its completion.

Gillibrand says it will give the community a reason to get out, while providing an additional way to travel.

“The Dryden Rail Trail Bridge Project will bring invaluable recreational and economic opportunities to Tompkins County, and I am very proud to have helped the stalled project get back on track,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “The $700,000 federal funding needed to help finally complete the trail and bridge will bring Dryden and Ithaca closer together and provide communities with new opportunities for safe, sustainable transportation and a beautiful way to get around.”

“More people are recognizing the incredible natural beauty of places like Dryden and the Tompkins County Gorge Trails. I am proud to provide this $700,000 federal funding to keep the Dryden Rail Trail on track and help bring this much-desired community project to fruition,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “This funding will boost tourism, increase green infrastructure by making our communities more walkable, and breathe a breath of fresh air into our local economies.”

The bridge will connect the city of Dryden to the city of Ithaca and will be accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.