Work on New Cohoes Waterford Bridge Continues; Rehabilitation Beginning on 126th Street Bridge Next Week
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $24.2 million in bridge projects in the Capital Region, including ongoing work to build a new bridge to carry Route 32 over the Mohawk River between Cohoes in Albany County and Waterford in Saratoga County. The work on the Cohoes Waterford Bridge is part of Governor Cuomo's $542 million Empire Bridge program, a key piece of New York’s commitment to rebuilding critical infrastructure across New York State. A project to rehabilitate the 126th Street Bridge carrying Route 4 over the Hudson River between Troy in Rensselaer County and Waterford is scheduled to begin the week of April 24. Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
"Across New York, we are rebuilding and strengthening our infrastructure to provide safer, more reliable transportation arteries for residents and visitors to the state," Governor Cuomo said. "By rebuilding and rehabilitating two critical bridges in the Capital Region, we will preserve these busy connections between communities – helping to spur their local economies for years to come."
The new Route 32 Cohoes Waterford Bridge, built as part of a $21.4 million project, will be 850 feet long. The new multiple-span structure is being built approximately 80 feet east of and parallel to the existing bridge. Work began in February 2016. Once traffic is on the new bridge, the existing bridge, which remains open during construction, will be demolished. Work on the project continued through the winter, and now includes the setting of rebar for the new bridge. Concrete pouring for the new bridge’s decks is scheduled to begin Monday, April 24, weather permitting. Motorists should watch for off-peak lane closures and flaggers throughout construction work.
Work on the $2.8 million project to rehabilitate the 126th Street Bridge is scheduled to begin the week of April 24. The project will repair steel underneath the bridge, replace sidewalks, replace bridge joints on the deck and repave the driving surface. Once work begins, motorists should expect to encounter daytime alternating single lanes closures with flaggers. Several weekend closures with detours will be necessary for portions of the work. Those closures are expected to occur in the summer and will be announced in advance.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Governor Cuomo understands the connection between a robust economy and reliable roads and bridges, and that’s why these projects are important. Through these projects we are committed to maintaining these important links between Cohoes, Waterford and Troy."
The Empire Bridge program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, is replacing 100 aging structures across the state, with 54 of these projects now completed. The remaining 46 bridge projects are either currently under construction or scheduled to begin work soon. The new bridges will be more resilient and better able to withstand flooding. Completion of the Empire Bridge program will afford residents of communities across the State stronger and more resilient bridges, and reduce the potential for highway travel delays and detours during heavy rains and floods. It will ensure continued access to critical lifesaving services in the event of an emergency.
Both projects will be completed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
Motorists must use caution when traveling through the work zone and are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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