Bridge Demolition Underway
In the last month, the Rexford Bridge project team has successfully met many milestones. The new Rexford Bridge is open and carrying four lanes of traffic. Route 146 has increased from two to four travel lanes and there are new turn lanes at the Riverview Road intersection. The roundabout at Aqueduct/Balltown Road /Williams Street is now in its final, two-lane configuration. A primary goal of the project – improving traffic flow - has been achieved. With virtually no backups at the roundabout, commute times have been greatly reduced.
There is still much work to be done. With vehicles now using the new road alignment, the contractor has room to complete drainage work and build the final segments of the multi-use path. Installation of lighting and landscaping will be completed in the coming weeks too.
The biggest task ahead is the demolition and removal of the old Rexford Bridge.
The first part of the old bridge being removed is the truss span. The crew began with work to remove the concrete deck in the truss section. Once the deck is gone, the steel truss will be taken down. Once the truss is gone, the remaining concrete deck, steel girders and railing will be removed. The abutments and three of the old concrete piers will then be demolished. One pier – on the north side closest to the historic stone Erie Canal Aqueduct – will partially remain in the river to protect the historic aqueduct from potential damage caused by ice.
A navigational channel for boats will be maintained throughout the bridge removal effort.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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