‘Wonderful’ to have bridge back, supervisor says
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.
The new Route 28 bridge over the Esopus Creek in Shandaken, shown here on Sunday, opened to drivers last week.