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For Immediate Release: 12/17/21   
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |     


Pedestrian Bridge Connected Ramapo and Sloatsburg Service Areas; Will Not Be Replaced

Built in 1953, Bridge Spanning Thruway Had Been Closed Since October

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the successful removal of a pedestrian bridge that spanned the Thruway (I-87/I-287) and connected the Sloatsburg and Ramapo service areas in Rockland County. Built in 1953, the bridge had become obsolete and was closed since October. The demolition operation is not part of the $450 million project to redevelop the 27 service areas located on the New York State Thruway.

Comprised of two spans, the 10-foot-wide bridge measured 146 feet in length and was used by the public and service area workers. The bridge will not be replaced.

Demolition operations peaked this week with multiple overnight 20-minute traffic stoppages to allow for the safe removal of the bridge’s spans using a mobile crane. The major structures have now been removed to below grade level and cleanup activities will occur early next week.

HVB Construction of Harriman, N.Y., is the prime contractor on the $350,000 project. Sessler Wrecking of Waterloo, N.Y. did the demolition.

New York State Police assisted with the traffic stops and were supported by the Thruway Authority’s Traffic Safety and Building Maintenance departments from the NY Division.


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