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DEC temporarily closes Newcomb trail after bridge replacement

East River Trail Bridge over the Hudson River in the town of Newcomb

East River Trail Bridge over the Hudson River in the town of Newcomb

— State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials are reminding hikers that the East River Trail near the Upper Works is temporarily closed.

“We are very concerned that someone will be injured using the unopened bridge,” DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said in an email.

The trail will remain closed until the bridge over the Hudson River is secured. This is the trail off the east side of the Tahawus Road, south of Upper Works, used for accessing Mount Adams, the Flowed Lands and Hanging Spear Falls.

Although the bridge over the Hudson River has been replaced, it is not completely secured at this time.

“Despite signs and barricades some people continue to cross the bridge,” the DEC states in its Nov. 7 High Peaks Bulletin, “so in order to prevent injury or death if the bridge collapses into the river and long-term closure of the bridge if it is damaged, DEC is closing the trail.”

The Hudson River is currently running high after the rain this week, and DEC officials do not want people fording the river. The closure is short term. DEC officials expect to fully secure the bridge and open it for use within a few weeks.

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