The elevator on the Walkway Over the Hudson will be shutting down this week.

In a press release, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation announced that they will be suspending the operation of the Walkway Over the Hudson elevator.

The elevator opened in 2014, connecting the Poughkeepsie waterfront to the pedestrian bridge. This $2.8 million elevator rises more than 20 stories above the Hudson River in just over a minute. Even in winter, it's the Walkway Over the Hudson's goal to remain open 7:30 a.m. until closing 365 days a year. Only during serious snow, ice, high winds, and lightning does the Walkway close down to pedestrians.

However, the same can't be said for the elevator.  Because it operates outdoors, the 20-story lift is subject to seasonal closures. So, on Friday, January 10 the Walkway Over the Hudson will turn off the elevator. Pedestrians will have to enter the Walkway in Poughkeepsie from the parking lot or the stairs on Washington St. The elevator will resume its regular schedule sometime in April.

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