ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Vehicles cross the new bridge carrying Sawkill Road over the Thruway in the town of Ulster, which opened to traffic Wednesday after a seven-month demolition and construction project. The New York State Thruway Authority says the bridge should last 75 years without needing any major maintenance or repairs.
The new bridge carrying Sawkill Road over the Thruway opened to traffic at noon Wednesday after a seventh-month demolition and replacement project carried out by the New York State Thruway Authority.
The bridge replaces a 63-year-old span that was closed and removed earlier this year.
The office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday that the $4 million project was completed on time and on budget.
The new bridge includes increased vertical clearance for vehicles on the Thruway, improved approach pavement, relocated concrete substructures and increased shoulder widths, the governor’s office said.
The two travel lanes on the bridge are 11 feet wide each, and each shoulder is 6 feet wide, which Cuomo’s office said will provide adequate space for disabled vehicles, emergency responders and law-enforcement vehicles.
The bridge that was replaced was erected in 1953 as part of the creation of the Thruway and has undergone numerous repairs over the years.
The new bridge has an expected life of about 75 years without any major maintenance or repairs, the governor’s office said.