CLIFTON PARK – The Ashdown Road bridge replacement in Saratoga County will not be completed by September as county officials originally expected, Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said this week.
Ashdown Road has been closed from Blue Barns Road to State Route 146A since May 10 to replace a bridge where the road crossed the railroad. Originally, officials had hoped to reopen the road by Sept. 3, but delays in sourcing materials needed to complete the bridge replacement have delayed completion of the project.
Barrett, who visited the road project for an update earlier this week, in an interview on Thursday said he didn’t expect the delay to increase project costs for the county and that he hoped the project would not drag into the winter season.
“I’ve impressed upon them that we need to have this project completed prior to winter weather season, and believe me, nobody wants that more than [the contractors] do,” Barrett said.
Barrett said the delays are the result of broader supply chain disruptions that have affected many parts of the economy as industries adjust to fluctuating demand and labor shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the county has taken to issuing bids that include somewhat longer timelines for project completion in order to solicit enough proposals from contractors working in the challenging construction environment.
“One strategy we have had to employ is allowing for a longer period of time for the project to be completed,” Barrett said. “That’s to ensure you can attract a large number of bidders.”