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There’s lighter news here: Path reopened

Written June 12th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Looking east toward the new section of the Dave Clark Riverfront Path on Friday afternoon.

If you’re looking for a bit of relief from the news of the coronavirus and urban unrest, maybe you can find it here — in the reopening of the middle section of Albany’s Dave Clark Riverfront Path.

The path was closed at about Montgomery Street last summer so a contractor for the city of Albany could build an underground sewer pump station there. That, and a small building to house the gear that runs the pumps.

The $7.2 million project, which also included a long sewer main to the treatment plant, was completed a few weeks ago. Only the landscaping remained to be done.

On Friday, I noticed the landscapers were just about finishing up. And the fencing that closed the path to walkers, runners and cyclists was gone.

Instead, there was orange plastic screening, presumably to keep people or their dogs from stepping on the plantings and the mulch.

And as you can see in the video below, it’s once again possible to walk or ride on that section — and therefore  the entire length — of this popular riverside path. (hh)





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