NARROWSBURG, NY — The Thursday, October 7 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council opened with a presentation from Heather Jacksy, a senior planner with the Sullivan County Division of Planning, …
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Thursday, October 7 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council opened with a presentation from Heather Jacksy, a senior planner with the Sullivan County Division of Planning, Community Development and Real Property, giving updates on the county’s plans for a redesigned river access point near the Town of Highland.
Plans for the river access had been in the works for some time, she said, with initial engineering estimates drawn up in 2015. Since then, a number of agencies have been working together to make those plans reality, with Sullivan County, the Town of Highland, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Department of Transportation and the National Park Service (NPS), among others, working on plans and permits for the project.
The project secured half of its estimated $580,000 in funding through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Delaware River Conservation Fund, said Jacksy, and the project’s state and local partners stepped up to cover the rest.
Designs for the revitalized river access point have been drawn up, she said. The path leading down to the river will be longer and less steep in conformance with ADA requirements, making the site more accessible for people with mobility issues. The design also takes environmental considerations into account, with an eye toward native plants and environmentally friendly building materials.
At this point, the project has gotten to a point where the county can issue a bid for a contractor. It issued a RFP earlier in the year, she said, but the timing was poor, and only one bid was received. That bid came in significantly over budget. The current plan was to reissue the bid sometime this month, likely within the next few weeks.
Once a bid is received, the county will try and start work as early as possible in the spring. With the project being fairly simple to construct, it is expected that the river access would be completed a month or two after the ground is broken.
“I think we’re in a really good spot,” said Jacksy in summary.
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