I81 Bridge Work Over Route 232 Begins Next Week
Construction is scheduled to begin next week on a $7.4 million project to replace the bridges carrying Interstate 81 over State Route 232 in Jefferson County.
That announcement came Friday morning from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The work is funded through the governor's NY Works Program.
The new bridges will be wider than the existing structures, the governor's office said in a statement.
They also will be higher than the current bridges, allowing tall vehicles to pass underneath without hitting them.
The work will also include repairing Route 232 and the ramps to I81.
The full new release follows:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction will begin next week on a $7.4 million contract to replace the bridges carrying Interstate 81 over State Route 232 in Watertown, Jefferson County. The work is funded through the NY Works Program and meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.
“Here in the North Country, the NY Works program is strengthening infrastructure through major construction projects that create jobs and encourage economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “Additionally, replacing these bridges in Watertown will mean safer travels for drivers and cost savings in the long run.”
The project will replace the interstate bridges that cross State Route 232, as well as provide for repairs to State Route 232 and the associated interstate ramps. The new bridges will be wider than the existing structures. They also will be higher than the current bridge, allowing taller vehicles to pass underneath it and preventing future bridge hits at this location.
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program continues to improve the State’s infrastructure. Interstate bridges are essential links in the highway infrastructure. Those who use Interstate 81 to move goods, provide services, or travel for business or leisure depend on these bridges to be safe and passable.”
Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham said, “Interstate 81 is a vital link connecting the North Country to the rest of New York State and we are enthusiastic about this investment and how it will continue to support our community.”
During construction, the speed limit will be reduced. Motorists will use one lane in each direction on the southbound bridge while the northbound structure is removed and replaced. Traffic will then use the southbound bridge as the northbound structure is replaced. Work on the project is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Traffic control procedures, including lane closures, have been established as part of the Drivers First Initiative by Governor Cuomo. The Drivers First Initiative requires that capital projects are reviewed to ensure that construction impacts on the traveling public are minimized to maintain mobility while ensuring safety.
The construction contractor for the NY Works project is Rifenburg Construction of Troy, Rensselaer County.
NY Works focuses on improving the condition of bridges from fair condition to good condition in order to extend their service life. This rehabilitation work will better preserve the state’s infrastructure and guard against the need for more costly, in-depth construction. Bundling projects sites within close geographic locations into a single contract enables DOT to lower expenses and obtain lower bids.
It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through this and the many other highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter during the upcoming construction season.
For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. 511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel information source. The 511NY site and mobile app provides free, 24/7, statewide real-time traffic and transit information for all of New York State. It also offers a transit trip planner, camera views, as well as weather alerts and forecasts. New features available at the site – www.511ny.org – include additional mobile app features, border crossing times, new notifications on the home page, and an interface that is easier to navigate.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, Watertown, NY
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