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DOT: Reconstruction Of Bridge Over New Croton Reservoir On Schedule

Northbound Taconic State Parkway traffic lanes set to be restored by early November.

The New York State Department of Transportation said this morning that the $26 million project to rehabilitate the northbound over the New Croton Reservoir is progressing as scheduled.

Northbound traffic on the bridge is set open again in early November.

“When complete, our bridge restoration project will provide a smoother ride and improve safety for thousands of travelers,” said DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “While I am pleased the project is going smoothly I urge the traveling public to observe reduced speed limits through the construction zone, and allow for extra time to get to your destination.”

Except for its steel arches, the old bridge has been demolished.

The contractor has completed the installation of the new bridge steel and is completing preparation to pour the concrete bridge deck. The first concrete pour for the bridge deck is anticipated to begin next week.

Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle is the project contractor. The northbound bridge has been closed since March 26, 2012.

McDonald said that key work that remains includes installing guide and bridge rails, paving of the bridge approaches and striping the new bridge surface.

After the bridge and all travel lanes have been re-established, the two temporary crossovers and ramp at Pines Bridge Road are slated to be removed. Remaining work will include restoration of the crossover areas, bridge painting and project landscaping.

Although the northbound bridge will be reopened this fall, the entire project runs until May 2013.

The section of the parkway that crosses over the reservoir is a six-lane divided highway, with separate bridge spans carrying the north and southbound lanes over the water. The northbound bridge, built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1989, carries more than 32,000 vehicles per day.

During the closure, northbound traffic has been re-routed onto the southbound span, with two travel lanes in each direction.

Francis T McVetty August 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Melinda, absolutely !!! The bridge looked especially good near the end of the day with the sun shining on it at that low angle. Great photo op!!!!
Noreen Parrell August 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
WooHoo - can't wait! Maybe drivers will slow back down!
claudia jones August 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Let's hope its before the first snow fall ;))
Bill August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I thought the red was a primer coat that they stopped the original work at when they realized that they needed to do more extreme work. However, I also liked the red color. Too bad Patch didn't do this story BEFORE The Journal News did their story today.Did not expect them to do a story before Patch.
Francis T McVetty August 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Competition is good, keeps everybody on their toes.

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