Bridge guardrails re­designed

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

Guardrails at the Eddyville Bridge have been re­designed after con­cerns were raised that the bar­ri­ers, which were in­stalled in the re­cent course of im­prove­ments dur­ing a re­cent ren­o­va­tion of the bridge, had made it dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to ac­cess a bridge walk­way, of­fi­cials said.

Gina DiSarro, a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion, said walk­way ac­cess is now eas­ier at the Eddyville Bridge site where a safety-im­prove­ment project is on­go­ing.

In an email, DiSarro stated that the state agency had “re­designed the rail­ing at each ap­proach to al­low for ac­cess to the side­walks on the out­side of the bridge.”

In Au­gust, con­cerns about the guardrails were raised by Ulster Park res­i­dent Vin­cent Zac­cheo and town of Ulster Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley.

Quigley said this week that he ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and help from the of­fice of Assem­bly Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston.

“I am very happy that, when an is­sue is brought to my at­ten­tion, that we can fa­cil­i­tate a res­o­lu­tion that helps the com­mu­nity,” Quigley said.

In Au­gust, Quigley said he met with Zac­cheo about the new guardrails.

Quigley said at that time that he was con­cerned be­cause the walk­way at the bridge is a pop­u­lar spot for fish­ing in the Ron­d­out Creek and peo­ple

would need to climb over the guardrails to do that.

“This is a po­ten­tial hazard that needs to be ad­dressed,” Quigley said at the time.

Zac­cheo said the guardrail de­sign dis­cour­aged use of the bridge side­walk and was a par­tic­u­lar im­ped­i­ment to the hand­i­capped.

At that time, DiSarro promised a re­view of the guardrail de­sign.

In a re­cent let­ter to the Free­man, Zac­cheo said he was pleased with the re­sponse of lo­cal of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing state Sen. Ge­orge

Ame­dore, R-Rot­ter­dam.

“This sit­u­a­tion has been ad­dressed and cor­rected!” Zac­cheo wrote.

The Eddyville Bridge work, which has been done in stages while main­tain­ing al­ter­nat­ing one-way traf­fic, in­cludes re­place­ment of the con­crete deck and bridge rail­ing and re­pair of abut­ments, Cahill has said. The cur­rent mod­ern cross­ing, a steel arch struc­ture span­ning 340 feet, is the third ver­sion of the bridge at Eddyville over the Ron­d­out, Cahill said. The first was erected in 1867.


The Eddyville Bridge on Fri­day.

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