End of work in sight for Batchellerville Bridge (with photo gallery)
Span on pace for late-fall opening
EDINBURG Work on the new Batchellerville Bridge across Great Sacandaga Lake is under way again after a winter shutdown, moving at a brisk pace that should see completion later this year.
The lengthy span is on schedule for opening late this fall, said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen.
“It will probably be around November,” she said Monday.
Nearly the entire steel framework of the new bridge is now in place, with only two of the 12 sections between concrete piers still to be filled. Large cranes on barges started putting the steel beams in place last fall and work continued through January. Work resumed in late March after a roughly two-month winter break.
“The steel work should be completed within the next few weeks,” Breen said.
Meanwhile, work has started on pouring the concrete that will underlay the bridge deck.
State officials say they’re pleased with progress on the bridge, which was started in August 2010 with a projected three-year construction schedule. It’s on schedule, Breen said.
The original Batchellerville Bridge, which has been in place since the flooding of the Sacandaga Valley in 1930, is to be removed in 2013.
The Batchellerville Bridge stretches more than 3,000 feet across the Great Sacandaga Lake, making it one of the longest bridges in upstate New York.
The old bridge has been deteriorating for decades, and is currently limited to alternating one-way traffic in addition to having a 15-ton weight limit.
Construction of the new bridge together with demolition of the old one are costing $46.6 million, with the federal government covering most of the cost. Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors of Glenmont is doing the work.
Breen said because of good weather last summer and the mild winter, workers have been able to make up for delays from early 2011 when high water levels flooded some of the coffer dams put in place for the piers to be constructed.
“They’ve made a lot of good progress,” she said.
Once the bridge superstructure is finished, the deck and driving surface will be added and the county highway will be realigned to meet the new bridge approaches just south of the current bridge.
The construction contract allows for up to another year for construction in case there are unforeseen delays.