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Patroon Island Bridge contractor picked

Patroon Island Bridge contractor picked

A Rockland County company has been selected for a $145.8 million contract to replace the busy Patroo

A Rockland County company has been selected for a $145.8 million contract to replace the busy Patroon Island bridge that carries Interstate 90 over the Hudson River in Albany, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday.

Halmar International of Clarktown was selected for the long-planned replacement project, which will be done over the next four years. Work will take place while the span remains open to traffic.

The bridge crosses the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer counties, and is used by thousands of commuters every day. State officials said it is an important regional connection between Interstate 787, the Northway and the Thruway.

The state Department of Transportation said construction will begin this spring on the project, which is funded through the NY Works program. Halmar International estimates the project will create about 130 jobs.

The project will involve rehabilitation of the bridge and all ramps linking it with I-787 on the Albany side. Work will include replacing the bridge decks and bearings, repairing steel and painting the bridges, as well as replacing or repairing the substructures of the interchange. The steel trusses and substructures will also be strengthened to meet current seismic requirements. Pre-cast concrete deck panels will be used to speed construction, state officials said.

They said most work will be done at night, with all traffic crossed over from one side of the bridge to the other. The six-lane bridge will maintain two lanes in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction throughout construction, they said.

All six lanes of the bridge will be open during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Construction is expected to last into the summer of 2016.

“This project will ensure that the Patroon Island Bridge remains a reliable and safe crossing for many years to come,” said DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald.

DOT officials said Halmar International was chosen using the “Best Value” procurement method, evaluating both cost and criteria such as impact to the traveling public, speed of construction, and a contractor’s ability to perform the work.

The 1,800-foot bridge opened in 1968. It carries more than 70,000 vehicles per day, according to state figures.

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