Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Route 103 in Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County has reopened to traffic two weeks ahead of schedule. The roads approach to the bridge crossing the Mohawk River was completely destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
"Rotterdam Junction, like so many communities across the state, was hit hard by the floods of August and September, which is why we mobilized all available resources to help communities get back on their feet again as quickly as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "The now reopened Route 103 will restore access to local businesses and shorten peoples daily commutes. I'd like to thank those who worked around the clock to fix this highway for their hard work to get this project done. "
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said, "Our design and construction crews have worked tirelessly to restore mobility to New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo's leadership throughout this process has allowed the state to work efficiently and expeditiously for the people of New York State."
Route 103 spans the Mohawk River, connecting the heavily used State Routes 5 and 5S. The half-mile long road was initially closed during Hurricane Irene when high flood waters and debris threatened the bridges integrity. Additional flooding brought by Tropical Storm Lee ten days later completely washed away a 300-foot-long, 40-foot-high approach at the northern end of the bridge.
The washout also threatened the stability of the eastbound lanes of Route 5, which NYSDOT temporarily closed until it could undertake repairs.
NYSDOT stabilized the Route 5 embankment with 115,000 cubic yards of soil and 5,500 cubic yards of heavy stone to protect against erosion from future floods. The department also reconstructed the road and installed new guiderail, signage and a sidewalk along the west side of Route 103.
The Department completed design and construction of this emergency restoration project in an expedited time frame of just over three months.
With the reopening of Route 103, only a section of State Route 42 in Lexington, Greene County which includes six miles of road and two bridges remains closed following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. This road and its bridges are expected to be reopened early next year.