Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus recently participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting with other local dignitaries to celebrate the completion of construction on the Heritage Trail, extending it approximately 2.2 miles from the Village of Goshen to the Town of Goshen.
“The Heritage Trail is an important recreation destination, and this provides residents with even more access to it,” Neuhaus said. “Tourists and residents alike visit the trail to enjoy the beauty of our County. The trail is also instrumental not only as an educational tool, but also as a contributor to the County’s economic development. I enjoyed working with the Legislature, our Department of Public Works, and our Parks and Planning Departments, as well as the involved municipalities to finish this important project.”
The Trail was paved from West Main Extension Avenue in the Village of Goshen to Hartley Rd. in the Town of Goshen. Funding for the $500,000 project as well as the labor to construct the new 2.2 miles was supplied by the County. Construction will begin later this summer to extend the trail an additional 4.2 miles from Hartley Rd. to East Main St. in the City of Middletown, which will create a paved surfaced trail from River Rd. in Harriman to East Main St. in Middletown, totaling approximately 17 miles. That phase of the trail project will be completed approximately in the fall of 2020.