Bridge work set to begin in March

Motorists who travel north on the state Route 10 bridge spanning the Mohawk River will have to seek
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Motorists who travel north on the state Route 10 bridge spanning the Mohawk River will have to seek an alternate route in March when contractors shut down one lane of the bridge.

Tioga Construction Co. started work on the two-year, $14 million replacement project last spring, and the new bridge is expected to be finished by December, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alice Romanych said Tuesday.

Traffic heading south between Palatine Bridge and Canajoharie will be able to pass during construction, but northbound vehicles will have to find alternate routes, Romanych said.

The exact date when detours will be required to start has not been established yet, Romanych said.

“It’s somewhat weather-dependent, but we’re looking at mid-March,” Romanych said.

Progress with construction this season will determine when two-way traffic will resume on the bridge, Romanych said.

Provisions will be made for emergency vehicles that need to travel north, Romanych said, and pedestrians will also be able to travel in both directions.

A detour will likely funnel traffic to the west in Fort Plain, Romanych said.

The bridge over state Route 80 between Fort Plain and Nelliston, also called River Road, is about four miles west of Canajoharie.

That bridge will be the closest detour for getting over the Mohawk River. The next closest detour is Bridge Street in St. Johnsville further west, or the state Route 30A bridge between Fonda and Fultonville about 15 miles east.

The existing truss bridge, built in 1940, is narrow and deteriorating and couldn’t be repaired.

Romanych said the new multi-girder bridge being built should have a life span of between 70 and 80 years.

Multi-girder bridges are built with added support and are considered stronger, Romanych said.

Canajoharie Village Clerk Gail Coppernoll on Tuesday said her office has not heard any complaints or received input otherwise related to the ongoing construction project.

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