City signs $2 mil­lion con­tract for bridge job

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

Mayor Steve Noble has signed the con­tract with the con­struc­tion com­pany that will re­place the Greenkill Av­enue bridge above Broad­way in Mid­town.

The deal calls for Bette & Cring Con­struc­tion Group to be paid $2.03 mil­lion for the project, which will in­clude re­mov­ing the cur­rent span and build­ing a new one.

City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son also said a “pre­con­struc­tion” meet­ing be­tween city officials, the con­struc­tion com­pany, con­sul­tants and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and CSX Corp. will take place soon.

CSX is in­volved be­cause it has a railroad bridge ad­ja­cent to the bridge that’s be­ing re­placed.

Swen­son the meet­ing, ex­pected within two weeks, is likely to re­sult in a sched­ule for de­mol­ish­ing the cur­rent Greenkill Av­enue span. He said traf­fic will be al­lowed to use the af­fected sec­tion of Broad­way dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion, ex­cept when steel and con­crete are be­ing sep­a­rated.

Swen­son said WSP Sells, the con­sult­ing com­pany that Kingston hired to draw up the re­place­ment plan, has se­lected a “res­i­dent en­gi­neer” to over­see the day-to­day con­struc­tion at the site, which is be­tween the Ul­ster Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter and the YMCA.

The en­tire project, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of the new bridge, is ex­pected to take about a year.

The city ini­tially es­ti­mated the project would cost $3.5 mil­lion, but the high­est sub­mit­ted bid was for just un­der $2.8 mil­lion. Bette & Cring’s $2.03 mil­lion bid was the low­est.

New York state is ex­pected to cover about 95 per­cent of the cost.

The Greenkill Av­enue 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. It’s be­ing re­placed due to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion deemed to se­ri­ous to re­pair.

The city has long re­sisted clos­ing the bridge be­cause do­ing so would force more 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.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Ve­hi­cles drive on and be­neath the Greenkill Av­enue bridge, which spans Broad­way in Mid­town Kingston.

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