All 112 NY bridge projects completed
Enacted as part of the 2012-2013 Budget, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's NY Works program allotted $212 million to address bridge deck and structural replacement or rehabilitation needs on approximately 112 bridges across New York State. That included a total of 32 bridge projects contracted through the design-build process, all of which are now substantially complete.
Work also included rehabilitating 77 bridges and replacing three bridges through the traditional contract bid process. Those projects were completed late last year.
An additional $687 million was allocated for nine signature transportation projects of regional or statewide significance throughout the state that had been delayed due to resource constraints. Some of those projects are ongoing. The largest NY Works project is the $500 million replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City. Groundbreaking for that project is expected later this year.
The $16.9 million Western Gateway Bridge project rehabilitated the bridge, replaced the bridge deck and reconfigured the driving lanes to one 11-foot travel lane in each direction plus one 14-foot shared-use lane in each direction. The shared-use lanes accommodate both motorists and bicyclists following the signed State Bike Route 5 over the bridge.
The bridge also now features a 10-foot multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the east side of the bridge. The multi-use path connects existing paths on both sides of the river. The west side of the bridge features a five-foot sidewalk, which will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
The project originally called for simply replacing the bridge deck and sidewalks but in response to community input, NYSDOT expanded the project to include additional pedestrian and bicycle amenities to enhance existing infrastructure and better fit into the community.
The work was completed as part of a $31.3 million contract through the NY Works program for critical repairs to 13 bridges in the North Country and Capital Region. The construction contractor for the project is Kubricky Construction Corp. of Wilton, Saratoga County and the design consultant is VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscaping Architecture of Albany. ■