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

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.


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