- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Plans are moving ahead for a pedestrian trail crossing the Hudson River that would link the historic homes of two famous painters.

The Hudson River SkyWalk would include walkways on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to link Frederick Church’s Olana State Historic Site in Columbia County to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill.

Cole and Church are famous for their Hudson River School paintings of majestic landscapes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a $124,000 government grant will be used to pay for the SkyWalk’s planning and design, and to develop an economic impact study. When those studies are completed, the project will be eligible to apply for construction funding.

Sidewalks and railings on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge are already being replaced.

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