Mohawk Valley gets $25M for bridges

GLOVERSVILLE — The state has awarded $25.31 million for 14 projects in the Mohawk Valley to fund bridge and culvert repairs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than $262.2 million in funding for 165 projects statewide as part of the BRIDGE NY initiative to fund the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts, including $1.436 million to the city of Gloversville.

“Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to our economic prosperity and the safety of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a news release. “By providing BRIDGE NY funding to local governments in every corner of the state, we are ensuring our bridges and culverts remain safe and reliable, creating a more secure New York for all.”

Locally, four projects in the Mohawk Valley received funding awards; Gloversville received $1.436 million for the Harrison Street bridge over Cayadutta Creek; Montgomery County received $1.902 million for the Cemetery Drive bridge over South Chuctanunda Creek; and Amsterdam received two awards for $2.188 million for the Crescent Avenue bridge over Chuctanunda Creek and $773,000 for the Florida Avenue bridge over South Chuctanunda Creek Tributary.

Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull said the award to the city will be used to replace the Harrison Street bridge with a structure that will include sidewalk lanes on each side. The project will likely begin next fall with an expected completion date in fall 2020.

Trumbull said a temporary bridge will be in place while work is performed and traffic will not be diverted.

According to Trumbull the bridge was previously yellow flagged due to its condition by the New York State Department of Transportation.

“It’s in disrepair, really, it needs to be replaced,” Trumbull said.

A yellow flag is used to report a potentially hazardous structural condition that could become a clear and present danger if left unattended before the next biennial inspection, according to the DOT website.

Trumbull said it was unclear if the award will cover the entire cost of replacement as the funding amount was determined by DOT who administers the BRIDGE NY program. The city will need to send out requests for proposals for engineering for the project.

The 165 selected BRIDGE NY projects were chosen following a competitive process that considered the structural condition of a bridge or culvert, resiliency and significance based on traffic volumes and detour considerations.

By Patricia Older

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