For Immediate Release: 07/05/17
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT OF STATE ROUTE 32 BRIDGE IN ULSTER COUNTY BEGINS TOMORROW
$4.8 Million Project Includes Replacement of Route 32 Overpass Which Carries 6,400 Vehicles/Day With New Bridge That Will Have Anticipated Lifespan of at Least 75 Years
Route 32 Bridge Over NYS Thruway in Plattekill Will Be Shut Down to Traffic While Project is Completed
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that work will begin on a $4.8 million project to replace the State Route 32 Bridge over the Thruway (I-87) in Ulster County on Thursday.
“The Thruway Authority has a strong commitment to providing safe, reliable infrastructure to its motorists. By reinvesting toll dollars, we are ensuring those who depend on the State Route 32 Bridge, have a safe way to get to where they need to go,” said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch.
Originally built in 1954, the State Route 32 Bridge carries approximately 6,400 vehicles per day over the Thruway (I-87) in the Town of Plattekill. In collaboration with the New York State Department of Transportation, the bridge will be replaced with a two span, 170-foot long bridge that will have an anticipated lifespan of at least 75 years. The new bridge will feature safety improvements, including increased height clearance for vehicular traffic on I-87 and increased shoulder widths along Route 32.
During construction, the Route 32 Bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured via Route 300 and Forest Road. Variable Message Signs (VMS) and detour signs will be posted along the detour route.
The project also includes the rehabilitation to Union Avenue Bridge in Newburgh, Orange County.
The closure and detour of Route 32 is scheduled to be lifted by the end of December 2017. All work associated with the projects is expected to be completed by the middle of May 2018.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo's Driver's First initiative, the project has been designed to minimize impacts to expressway traffic.
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