Bridge closes for re­con­struc­tion

Crews be­gin de­mo­li­tion of Greenkill Av­enue span to make room for new one

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

The Greenkill Av­enue bridge above Broad­way in Mid­town has been closed to traf­fic, and its de­mo­li­tion is at hand.

The black­top on the bridge’s road sur­face was ripped up be­gin­ning Mon­day morn­ing, and con­crete re­moval was planned for late Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to City Engi­neer Ralph Swen­son.

Re­mov­ing the steel su­per­struc­ture of the bridge will be the fol­low­ing step, Swen­son said, adding the en­tire de­mo­li­tion should be done in two weeks.

It then will take about a year to build the re­place­ment bridge.

Broad­way be­neath the bridge is to re­main open to traf­fic through­out the project, though in­ter­mit­tent lane clo­sures are pos­si­ble. Also, overnight clo­sures are ex­pected dur­ing the up­com­ing steel-re­moval process.

The project is be­ing car­ried out by con­trac­tor Bette & Cring, which sub­mit­ted a low bid of

$2.08 mil­lion. New York state is ex­pected to cover about 95 per­cent of the cost

The city ini­tially ex­pected the project to cost about $3.5 mil­lion.

The Greenkill Av­enue bridge, built in 1952, is about 86 feet long and was found to have av­er­age daily us­age of about 4,000 ve­hi­cles in a study con­ducted three years ago. It’s be­ing re­placed due to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion deemed too se­ri­ous to re­pair.

De­tours for driv­ers who typ­i­cally would use the bridge have been posted.


Black­top is ripped up on the Greenkill Av­enue bridge in Mid­town Kingston on Mon­day in prepa­ra­tion for the bridge’s de­mo­li­tion.

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