Clifton Park

Damaged section of Sitterly Road bridge over Northway in Clifton Park removed; Temp structure to come

Crews work on removing the Sitterly Road bridge over the Northway - Credit: New York State Department of Transportation

Crews work on removing the Sitterly Road bridge over the Northway - Credit: New York State Department of Transportation

CLIFTON PARK – State Department of Transportation crews made “quick work” removing part of the Sitterly Road Bridge above Interstate 87 overnight Saturday.

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All three southbound lanes of the highway, also called the Adirondack Northway, reopened Sunday after the state DOT removed the section of bridge above the highway, which had been damaged by a truck crash April 14.

“On schedule! Cleanup underway!” Clifton Park Highway Superintendent Dahn Bull posted on Facebook Sunday, along with photos of the work progress.

A temporary bridge will be installed above the highway’s southbound lanes in the near future, according to the DOT.

Until then, Sitterly Road above the Northway will remain closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Travelers should continue to follow the posted detour, the DOT said.

In a statement, the DOT said it “appreciates the patience of the traveling public and we will continue to keep everyone apprised of any impacts.”

Bull was at the scene Saturday night as he said crews dismantled the overpass in two hours.

Highway officials previously said the work was expected to take about 16 hours, weather permitting.

Sitterly Road is a key route between Clifton Park and Halfmoon, used by motorists 15,000 times a day.

A boom lift being towed on a trailer behind a truck smashed into the overpass. The crash closed all three southbound lanes of the Northway, and snarled the morning commute.

The bridge was immediately closed so that engineers could evaluate the structural damage it had sustained.

Its closure caused traffic congestion in the two towns and prompted adjustment of normal driving patterns and school bus routes.

State police said George Gizzi, 56, of Colonie, was ticketed for driving an Admar Construction Equipment & Supplies Co. truck in the right southbound lane when the boom lift he was towing hit the overpass. The rig exceeded the 14-foot, 4-inch height limit for the overpass. The boom was knocked off the trailer and across all three driving lanes.

The New York State Department of Transportation’s Capital Region office tweeted out a series of photos of the removal as it happened.

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