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For Immediate Release: 12/22/17
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF ROUTE 32 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN ULSTER COUNTY

Replacement Bridge Over New York State Thruway (I-87) in Plattekill Features Multiple Safety Improvements and Anticipated 75 Year Life Span 

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the replacement of the State Route 32 Bridge over the New York State Thruway (I-87) in Ulster County is now complete. The bridge reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon.

Work on the $4.8 million project began in July 2017 which included replacing the bridge over the Thruway (I-87) on State Route 32 in the Town of Plattekill. More than 6,400 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

“The new Route 32 Bridge is reopening as a safer, improved crossing for motorists to get to their destination,” said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “Projects such as this one demonstrate a commitment by the Thruway Authority to reinvest toll dollars into infrastructure projects to keep our roadway safe.”

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Transportation, the Thruway Authority replaced the older bridge with a two-span, 170-foot long structure, which has an anticipated lifespan of 75 years. The new bridge features numerous safety improvements including increased height clearance for vehicular traffic on I-87 and increased shoulder widths along State Route 32. The guiderail on the bridge and highway approaches were also upgraded.

"Governor Cuomo knows the importance of a robust transportation system and he’s getting projects done, strengthening and modernizing bridges and highways across New York State,” said New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas. “This new bridge will serve as a safe link for local travelers for generations, supporting commerce and making sure people can get to where they need to go.”

The project was designed to align with Governor Cuomo’s Driver’s First Initiative, to minimize the traffic impact on motorists.

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