Greenkill Av­enue Bridge de­mo­li­tion set to be­gin

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

The de­mo­li­tion of the Greenkill Av­enue Bridge is ex­pected to start this week, pos­si­bly as early as Mon­day.

The de­mo­li­tion of the Greenkill Av­enue Bridge is ex­pected to start this week, pos­si­bly as early as Mon­day, a city of­fi­cial said.

City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son said the bridge, a span that has stretched across Broad­way for more than six decades, should be to­tally re­moved in two weeks.

Swen­son said some pre­lim­i­nary work, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing paint from the struc­ture, has been com­pleted.

Con­trac­tors will be­gin the de­mo­li­tion by re­mov­ing con­crete, which will not force the clo­sure of Broad­way, Swen­son said.

The de­mo­li­tion work will then switch to the re­moval of steel from the bridge, Swen­son said. He said that work will be done at night over a pe­riod of a cou­ple of days and will re­quire clos­ing a sec­tion of Broad­way.

The bridge is be­ing re­moved 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 new bridge con­struc­tion.

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, 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 too se­ri­ous to re­pair.

The city has long re­sisted clos­ing the bridge be­cause do­ing so would force more traf­fic to onto the al­ready-busy Broad­way cor­ri­dor.

Now that the re­place­ment project is go­ing for­ward, the city will es­tab­lish and an­nounce a pre­ferred de­tour for mo­torists.

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

Greenkill Av­enue bridge cross­ing over Broad­way in Mid­town Kingston on Fri­day.

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