Sawkill-Ruby Road near bridge to close

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The in­ter­sec­tion of Sawkil­lRuby Road and Sawkill Road will close to­day to re­con­fig­ur­ing of the in­ter­sec­tion.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Sawkill-Ruby Road and Sawkill Road will close start­ing to­day to al­low for re­grad­ing and re­con­fig­ur­ing of the in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to Ul­ster town po­lice.

Po­lice said drivers can use Hal­li­hans Hill Road to de­tour around the clo­sure.

Au­thor­i­ties did not have an es­ti­mate for when the in­ter­sec­tion will re­open.

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on a new bridge to carry Sawkill-Ruby Road over the Sawkill Creek, ad­ja­cent to the in­ter­sec­tion. That project, which be­gan early last sum­mer, also re­quired the de­mo­li­tion of a bridge built in 1958.

Ac­cord­ing to a state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion re­port re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, the old bridge was given a 3.78 con­di­tion rat­ing on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 be­ing a new bridge. Only six other bridges in Ul­ster County had a lower rat­ing.

The bridge is in the town of Ul­ster but serves as an ac­cess to U.S. Route 209. The New York 511 web­site, which com­piles in­for­ma­tion from New York’s trans­porta­tion agen­cies, es­ti­mates the bridge will re­main closed through Dec. 15.

BRIAN HU­BERT — DAILY FREE­MAN

Work pro­gresses on the bridge over the Sawkill River on Sawkill Road on Sun­day. The in­ter­sec­tion of Sawkill Road and Sawkill Ruby Road just north of the bridge will close to­day for re­grad­ing and re­con­fig­u­ra­tion, ac­cord­ing to town of Ul­ster Po­lice. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to wrap up on the bridge in mid-De­cem­ber.

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