Where did you get the idea that project is a Mohonk Preserve?
I recall when the project was announced a few years ago, and a very simple Google search provides one with the information.
\"The Shawangunk Mountains Regional Partnership announced that it was granted a $1 million fund for the upgrade of three scenic overlooks along the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway.
According to a press release provided by Al Wegener, executive director of the Shwawangunk Mountains Regional Partnership, two of the overlooks are located along US44/NY55, one in the town of Gardiner, west of the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and the other in the town of Rochester, west of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The third overlook is in the town of Wawarsing along Rt. 52, north of the entrance to Sam's Point Preserve.
Wegener said through a National Scenic Byways Program, the Federal Highway Administration will be able to fund $800,000 of the project and the remaining $200,000 will be provided by the New York State Department of Transportation.\"
\"Ruined?\" Due to decreased parking? That overlook is supposed to be a 30 minute scenic stop for travelers, not a place for New Paltzers to drive up and to, party with music and beers, throw their fast food containers over the edge,and leave underpants and rubbers in the woods. Or park at to \"hike\" the Nears and trundle crap from the cliff top onto people below.
The place was filthy with litter. I have cleaned it and will testify - GROSS. I have stopped there to get a cel signal and seen some of the visitors in the evening, and I have stood at the west side of it hitching a ride into NP in the day, which is why I can say with some authority what the traffic is.
Many people coming from west DO stop in, stretch their bodies,offer dog a potty break, and then be on their way, so the Overlook DOES see traffic for it\'s intended purpose.
There are two Scenic Overlooks on the west side of ridge for traffic traveling in hat direction. Could it possibly be that the one being referred to in OP had the entryway designed to accommodate the eastern traffic whereas the others are accommodate west-bound traffic? I have also seen people turn into the overlook coming from east who seem to think an oncoming semi-truck can easily hit the breaks to accommodate their \"too f\'ing close\" left turn.