GLEN — The bridge that carries Route 5S over the Auries Creek in the Town of Glen will be closed beginning Monday at 8 a.m., as the state finishes repairs to it. The span is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
“The project is replacing the concrete deck of the bridge as part of routine maintenance to ensure maximum safety for the traveling public,” said Jeorge Cymon, a DOT spokesperson.
The project, which the state is fully funding, costs $1.5 million. Cymon said ING Civil Inc. will be performing the work.
Cymon said other portions of the bridge, such as the abutments and steel beams that support the deck, are not being replaced.
The state has been working on the project since June, when it placed a traffic signal on the bridge and limited traffic to an alternating one lane roadway. Tthe bridge was also closed for several days in July as the eastbound portion of the deck was reconstructed.
There will be detours signs in place, directing people to use Auriesville Road — County Route 122 — and State Route 30A to get around the work. It is the same detour that was used when the eastbound side was reconstructed, according to the DOT.
Glen Supervisor Tom Reilly said he’s happy to see the maintenance being done, noting upkeep of the bridge prevents the state from having to replace it entirely and it being shut to traffic for longer than a week. While the work will direct traffic into less frequented roadways, Reilly said the work needed to be done.
“It is a main artery into the town,” Reilly said.
Approximately 4,300 vehicles travel the bridge each day, according to the DOT.
Before the state began its repairs, Reilly said that the bridge not only had potholes, but there were also places where water would puddle.
“Obviously, the bridge needed a new deck,” he said. “I look forward to it being done.”
People can call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app to get up-to-date travel information.
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