Rail Trails: Working with our Local Communities

People biking on the Harlem Rail Trail

Colarusso Construction has worked on nearly 30 rail trail projects over the last two decades, amounting to over 80 million dollars of local investment. Company President, Paul Colarusso feels these efforts are an important part of the company’s commitment to working with local communities. One of their projects was done recently in Copake, NY.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail in tree-lined area. A. Colarusso Construction.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association broke ground in 2016 on a new 1.5-mile section in the town of Copake…it was completed and opened to the public in 2017.

The section of track, costing around $600,000, runs between Anthony Street Extension in Hillsdale and Black Grocery Road in Copake. It is the first section constructed by the association. When completed in total the trail will span 42 miles.

Bikers on Hudson Valley Rail trail. A. Colarusso Construction.

“My vision is that the things we love about our region should be the drivers of a sustainable future both economically and environmentally,” said Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106, on hand for the groundbreaking. “The rail trail is a perfect example.”

Hudson-based construction firm, A. Colarusso & Son, was awarded the contract to build the trail section which will be 10 feet wide and open to hikers, cyclists and other users.