Governor Cuomo Announces Major Construction Completed on $10.3 Million in Bridge Projects in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley

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Five Bridges Rehabilitated or Replaced, Improving Safety and Supporting Continued Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of major construction on projects that replaced or rehabilitated five bridges in Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida and Schenectady counties. More than $10.3 million was dedicated to support these projects, which will improve safety and mobility on bridges in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region.

"New York is committed to ensuring our infrastructure meets 21st Century transportation demands, and these bridge projects are critical to ensuring safe, efficient travel for both New Yorkers and visitors,Governor Cuomo said. "By easing travel through some of the state's regional gateways, these updated bridges will foster increased tourism and spur continued economic growth for decades."

"We're investing in upgrades to roads and bridges in communities upstate to ensure safe travel," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "By improving infrastructure across the state, we are continuing to advance economic growth and enhance quality of life for residents."

The work included replacing entire bridge decks, adding sidewalks, upgrading bridge railings, and repairing steel and concrete abutments.

Bridge improvement projects included: 

  • $4.2 million to rehabilitate bridges on Route 29A in Stratford, Fulton County and on Route 8 in the Village of New Hartford in Oneida County.
  • $1.0 million to replace Route 169 over Stony Creek in the Town of Fairfield in Herkimer County.
  • $1.68 million to rehabilitate the Route 5S Bridge over Terwilleger Creek, in the Town of Florida, Montgomery County.
  • $3.5 million to rehabilitate the Michigan Avenue Bridge over Interstate 890 in the city of Schenectady.

"These bridges provide important connections for economic development, while also supporting recreation and enhancing the quality of life for residents," New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said. "The work we accomplished on these bridges will support safe travel for commuters, area residents, commercial vehicles and tourists alike."

Mohawk Valley

The rehabilitation of the Route 29A bridge over East Canada Creek in Stratford and the Route 8 bridge over Genesee Street in the Village of New Hartford improved conditions on two routes that serve as important links for tourists traveling to and from the Adirondacks. Work on the Route 29A bridge included the replacement of the existing bridge deck and the repair and painting of its steel truss. The concrete abutments and guiderails were also upgraded and a new sidewalk was installed on the north side of the bridge.  

A precast, ultra-high performance concrete bridge deck joint system was used to replace the bridge deck on the Route 8 bridge, allowing that portion of the project to be completed in less than five days and minimizing the impact on travelers. Route 8 is a major corridor for tourism and commerce between the Southern Tier and the Adirondacks.

In Herkimer County, the existing masonry and concrete structure that carried Route 169 over Stony Creek, which dated back to the 1880s, was replaced by a 36-foot precast concrete arch bridge system. The new bridge span allowed for a wider creek channel that protected the structure and enhanced safety by reducing streambank erosion.

The rehabilitation of the Route 5S Bridge over Terwilleger Creek in Montgomery County added a new, pre-cast concrete bridge deck and strengthened abutments. A new guard rail was also installed and stone fill was added around the abutments to prevent scour and guard against flooding. The bridge also carries State Bike Route 5, a paved route from Niagara Falls to the Massachusetts line that parallels the Erie Canal.

Capital Region

 

In Schenectady, the rehabilitation of the Michigan Avenue Bridge over Interstate 890 enhanced safety and added another 25 years of service life to a vital link that connects several city neighborhoods. The project, which began in October 2017, replaced the bridge deck and girders, upgraded sidewalks approaching the bridge in both directions on Michigan Avenue and added sidewalk ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The bridge, built in 1962, is a well-traveled connector that serves the Mont Pleasant, Central State Street, Hamilton Hill and Vale neighborhoods in Schenectady. It allows residents easy travel to such neighborhood amenities as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, W.C. Keane Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary Community School, Mont Pleasant Middle School; as well as library branches, parks and tennis courts.

Major construction has been completed on all five bridges although motorists may notice some minor follow up work, including paving, striping and landscaping. 

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones.  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.   

For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State's official traffic and travel information source.

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