Construction will start on two overpasses in Schenectady on April 29.
Bridge deck replacement is being done on the structure carrying Route 5 over Route 7 and the Crosstown Connection over I-890. The projects are the latest round of work being done by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Works program, with $44.5 million invested in 15 sites.
“These 15 projects which include both rehabilitating and replacing bridges across the state will make traveling in New York safer for drivers and achieve long-term savings for taxpayers,” Cuomo said in a news release.
Construction on both bridges in Schenectady will start with traffic shifted to one side of the bridge and one lane of traffic open in each direction.
Work on the Route 5 bridge will start on April 29. Traffic will be shifted to the eastbound side of the bridge and work will be done on the other side. About one week later construction is scheduled to start on the Crosstown Connection, with traffic shifted to the eastbound side of the bridge while work occurs on the other side.
The work schedule has been designed to ensure limited impact on motorists, a key tenet of the governor’s Drivers First initiative.
Despite this, Frank Gallo Jr., co-owner of Frank Gallo and Son Florist, which is located near the planned construction, said it is inevitable that traffic will be backed up. But he doesn’t anticipate it will affect his business.
“People tend to get frustrated with projects like this,” he said, “but in my view, the long-term benefits for the motorists and the retailers outweigh the immediate imposition.”
The bridge work contractor is Kubricky Construction Corp. of Wilton. The design consultant is VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscaping Architecture of Albany.