The Rhinebeck Village Highway Department has completed repairs to an historic pedestrian bridge along Route 9, south of Market Street, which was a gift to the village from Col. John Jacob Astor in 1911. The bridge, which crosses the Landsman Kill parallel to Route 9, was damaged in 2011 by floodwaters from Hurricane Irene. Structural repairs totaling nearly $20,000 were completed in conjunction with work on nearby Asher Dam, under a FEMA grant. A New York Times article from 1911 noted that the total cost of the pedestrian crossing and roadway bridge gifted by Astor was $20,000, which is equivalent to nearly $500,000 in current dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
With spring around the corner, village representatives are meeting to discuss outdoor dining options once again.