City gets state’s OK for bridge project
Greenkill Avenue span above Broadway will be razed and reconstructed
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.
Vehicles drive on and below the Greenkill Avenue bridge in Midtown Kingston.