From the Manhattan Greenway Trail to Walkway Over the Hudson and now the Maybrook Trail, McLaren has been a part of the nation’s longest multi-use state trail, the 750-mile Empire State Trail. A source of NY recreation, economic development and tourism, the new recreational trail runs up the state from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys to Canada, and across from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal.
Now officially open to the public, McLaren worked with MetroNorth to engineer the final link in the trail system, a 23-mile connector between Hopewell Junction and Brewster called the Maybrook Trailway. This design-build project repurposed a portion of the previous two-track Beacon line corridor into a 10-foot wide shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path. After removing one track, the trail now follows the alignment of the former railroad line while the other inactive track remains in place for potential future rail service. McLaren designed all aspects of the trailway providing bridge engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and the surveying services needed to render the Rail Trail complete and fully functional.