Greenkill Avenue Bridge demolition set to begin
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.
Greenkill Avenue bridge crossing over Broadway in Midtown Kingston on Friday.