Bridge de­mo­li­tion slated for next month

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

The Greenkill Av­enue span above Broadway in Mid­town is be­ing taken down and re­placed.

De­mo­li­tion of the Greenkill Av­enue bridge above Broadway in Mid­town is ex­pected to be­gin in the first half of Novem­ber, City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son said Tues­day.

And “by the end of the year, the bridge should be gone,” he said.

The de­mo­li­tion will be­gin with the re­moval of steel from the bridge, Swen­son said. He said the work will be done at night over a pe­riod of a cou­ple of days and will re­quire clos­ing a piece of Broadway.

Con­trac­tors then will re­move con­crete and nearby bill­boards, which will not force the clo­sure of Broadway, the en­gi­neer said.

The bridge is be­ing torn down to make way for a re­place­ment. The city has signed a $2.03 mil­lion con­tract with Bette & Cring Construction Group for both the de­mo­li­tion and construction.

Also, a “res­i­dent en­gi­neer” will 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 al­ready­busy 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

Two peo­ple walk on Broadway be­low the Greenkill Av­enue bridge in Mid­town Kingston.

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