‘Won­der­ful’ to have bridge back, su­per­vi­sor says

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jay Bra­man Jr. news@free­manon­line.com

The state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion cred­its con­trac­tor A. Servi­done Con­struc­tion with com­plet­ing the new Route 28 bridge over the Eso­pus Creek ear­lier than ex­pected.

“Our con­trac­tor worked nights and week­ends to try and get the bridge opened as close to the orig­i­nal sched­ule as pos­si­ble,” de­part­ment spokes­woman Gina DiSarro said.

The bridge, near Route 28’s in­ter­sec­tion with Route 42, orig­i­nally was to be com­pleted Oct. 8, but the tar­get date was pushed back to mid-Novem­ber af­ter prob­lems arose with build­ing one of the abut­ments.

The job ul­ti­mately was com­pleted Oct. 20.

Shan­daken Su­per­vi­sor Rob Stan­ley is glad to have the bridge is back.

“It’s won­der­ful,” he said Tues­day. “We’re just so grate­ful that no ma­jor ac­ci­dents hap­pened along the de­tour, and I’m sure the res­i­dents along the de­tour are glad to have things back to nor­mal.”

The es­ti­mated 2,600 ve­hi­cles per day that use the bridge had to take a 10-minute de­tour dur­ing the project, which be­gan in April.

Some driv­ers figured out a way to shorten the posted de­tour, re­sult­ing in traf­fic prob­lems in the ham­let of Big In­dian. Ad­di­tional signs erected as a re­sult of com­plaints calmed the sit­u­a­tion a bit.

The new bridge is longer, wider and higher than the old one: The old bridge was 233 feet long and 33 feet wide; the new span is 293 feet long and 40 feet wide, and the road is 8 feet higher above the creek than the old bridge.

The next bridge project in Shan­daken will in­volve the Route 28 span at Fire­house Road in Big In­dian. The project is ex­pected to start in May 2017 and not end un­til Au­gust 2018, but a tem­po­rary bridge will be built next to the one be­ing re­placed, so no de­tour will be nec­es­sary, Stan­ley said.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

The new Route 28 bridge over the Eso­pus Creek in Shan­daken, shown here on Sun­day, opened to driv­ers last week.

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