Thruway Authority starts $9.3 million project to preserve bridges

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The New York State Thruway Authority this week announced the start of a $9.3 million project to preserve four bridges on I-87 in Greene County:

  • Thruway bridge over Kaaterskill Creek (milepost 111.13) northbound and southbound
  • Thruway bridge over the Catskill Creek (milepost 113.22) northbound and southbound

The bridges are located between exit 21 (Catskill – Cairo – NY Route 23) and exit 20 (Saugerties – Woodstock – NY Route 32). More than 33,000 motorists travel in this area daily. The Kaaterskill Creek bridges and the Catskill Creek bridges were built in 1955.

D.A. Collins Construction Co., Inc. of Wilton, NY is the project contractor following a competitive bidding process. The entire project is expected to be complete by summer 2025.

“The project to preserve the Kaaterskill Creek and Catskill Creek bridges is one of several critical infrastructure improvement projects scheduled in our capital program this year,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Frank G. Hoare. “The concrete repairs and surrounding work will enhance the safety of the bridges and help maintain their longevity for years to come.”

Concrete repairs will be made to the deck of the bridges, which will then be covered with a waterproof membrane and asphalt wearing surface. Repairs will also be made to the existing bridge railing systems and bridge drainage.

The Authority’s 2024 budget invests a total of $451 million to support its Capital Program, which is expected to invest $2.4 billion into capital projects over the next five years—a $500 million increase following the recently enacted toll adjustment.

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