GLENVILLE & SCHENECTADY – Major construction on the $3 million repair project to Freemans Bridge over the Mohawk River is officially complete, the state said Monday.
The project started early in the spring and focused on a long-planned rehabilitation to the 35-year-old bridge.
It worked to ease travel and improve safety along the heavily traveled connector between Schenectady and Glenville, officials said.
It also included a new shared-use path.
“The rehabilitated Freeman’s Bridge strengthens an important link that helps connect the Capital Region together and exemplifies one of the great things about transportation – its ability to bring communities together and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to experience all that they have to offer,” state Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in a statement.
The bridge handles more than 26,000 vehicles a day. It is just north of Rivers Casino and downtown Schenectady and south of the Schenectady County Airport and other Glenville destinations.
The project replaced the bridge’s concrete riding surface and bridge joints, painted the steel girders, repaired the concrete under the bridge and installed new solar-powered navigation lights, officials said. New pavement was also added to the bridge approaches.
An existing sidewalk on the west side of the bridge was widened to 10 feet for the new shared use path linking to existing multi-use paths on either side of the bridge.
The work is expected to extend the service life of the bridge by 25 years, officials said.
Though major construction is complete, minor finishing work continues and motorists should expect periodic lane shifts and single-lane closures over the coming weeks, officials said.
There has been a bridge at that location since 1855, when resident Volney Freeman put up a bridge just north of the American Locomotive plant, replacing what was previously a ferry service between Schenectady and Glenville.