City gets state’s OK for bridge project

Greenkill Av­enue span above Broad­way will be razed and re­con­structed

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

A state agency has given the city the green light to re­place the Greenkill Av­enue bridge over Broad­way in Mid­town.

City Engi­neer Ralph Swen­son said the “no­tice to pro­ceed” was granted by the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing span could be­gin in Novem­ber.

A con­tract for the work, which will be done by Bette & Cring Con­struc­tion Group, still needs to be fi­nal­ized, and the con­trac­tor needs to get bonding from its in­sur­ance car­rier, Swen­son said.

In an Aug. 19 let­ter to the city, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion re­quested a num­ber of doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the $2 mil­lion bridge project, and Swen­son said the city supplied that pa­per­work on Aug. 30. The “no­tice to pro­ceed,” how­ever, came a bit later than ex­pected.

The city ini­tially es­ti­mated the bridge project would cost $3.5 mil­lion, but the high­est sub­mit-

ted bid was for just un­der $2.8 mil­lion. The low­est bid, from Bette & Cring Con­struc­tion Group, was $2.03 mil­lion.

The state is ex­pected to fun­nel fed­eral money to the city for the ma­jor­ity of the cost.

The city prob­a­bly will only have to pay 5 per­cent of the to­tal, Swen­son has said.

The 64-year-old Greenkill

Av­enue bridge, which is ad­ja­cent to a CSX rail­road bridge that crosses Broad­way, has been deemed too badly de­te­ri­o­rated to re­pair.

The Greenkill bridge was built in 1952, is about 86 feet long and is used by about 4,000 ve­hi­cles per day, ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted last year. The bridge stands be­tween Thomas and Ded­er­ick streets.

The city has long re­sisted clos­ing the bridge be­cause do­ing so would force traf­fic to onto the al­ready-busy

Broad­way cor­ri­dor. Now that the re­place­ment project is go­ing for­ward, the city will es­tab­lish and an­nounce a pre­ferred detour for driv­ers to use. For driv­ers head­ing east on Greenkill Av­enue, there are four avail­able left turns that will take them to Cedar Street af­ter one block. Tak­ing Cedar Street east leads to Broad­way, and Cedar be­comes Cor­nell Street on the other side.

The bridge project, in­clud­ing de­mo­li­tion and con­struc­tion, is ex­pected to take about a year.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Ve­hi­cles drive on and be­low the Greenkill Av­enue bridge in Mid­town Kingston.

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