$4.4 million bridge replacement project over Thruway Commences in Greene County approved

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New York Construction Report staff writer

A $4.4 million bridge replacement project has started over Interstate-87 in Greene County. The structure will replace the aging Cauterskill Road Bridge at milepost 112.7 in the Town of Catskill with a modern structure equipped with enhanced safety features and increased vertical clearance.

Bette Cring Construction Group of Latham, NY, secured the project contract through a competitive bidding process. Weather permitting, construction is slated for completion in the fall of 2024.

The Thruway Authority’s 2024 budget earmarks $451 million to support its Capital Program, reflecting a $500 million increase following a recent toll adjustment. The enhanced investment is poised to facilitate critical infrastructure projects, including improvements to approximately half of the Thruway’s lane miles and upgrades to approximately 90 bridges along the route.

Constructed in 1955, the current bridge serves as a vital artery, accommodating approximately 870 vehicles per day traversing the Thruway. However, its age and wear necessitate replacement, aligning with the broader efforts to revitalize aging infrastructure throughout New York State. Governor Hochul emphasized the project’s significance in fortifying connectivity and safety across communities.

Frank G. Hoare, the Thruway Authority’s acting executive director, underscored the authority’s commitment to utilizing toll dollars to address critical infrastructure needs. The initiative reflects a broader reinvestment strategy aimed at modernizing the Thruway system and ensuring a safer driving experience for motorists.

Governor Hochul also highlighted the implementation of the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement pilot program, aimed at further safeguarding construction zones. The initiative, which began in April 2023, imposes fines on motorists exceeding posted speed limits within active work zones, reinforcing the importance of vigilance and compliance.

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